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Williams confident heading into final

Seemingly unfit to play entering the Australian Open, Serena Williams has proven she still has game.

Updated: January 26, 2007, 1:51 PM ET
By Matt Wilansky | ESPN.com

When Serena Williams stepped onto the court for her first-round match at the Australian Open, she was visibly overweight and seemingly unprepared.

Expectations had hit a low point, and rightfully so, for a player who dominated the women's circuit not so long ago. The effects of a chronic knee injury limited Williams to only 16 matches in 2006. Her world ranking plummeted to No. 140, her lowest since 1997. And for the first time in six years, she failed to reach a Grand Slam final.

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