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Serena insists she's over failed romance

Australian Open champion Serena Williams has assured fans she is over a failed romance that led to an anguished blog posting, publishing a new poem on the Internet outlining her dreams and hopes.

sports Updated: Jan 14, 2008 22:50 IST

Australian Open champion Serena Williams has assured fans she is over a failed romance that led to an anguished blog posting, publishing a new poem on the Internet outlining her dreams and hopes.

The outgoing American said she had been shocked at the interest in blog entries she wrote on her official website earlier this month outlining her heartache at putting her faith in a boyfriend then being dumped.

"I didn't know it would be that big. (So) many people go on my website, which is fantastic. So many hits. It was like, Oh my God," she said.

Williams, 26, said she was "in a melancholy state" when she wrote the entries but felt her blog had been misinterpreted after she received concerned calls from her friends back in the United States.

"Apparently I have a heartbreak going on. They're all asking me like, 'Serena, are you okay?'," she said after her first round win over Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova.

"I'm like, 'what are you talking about?' I think it got really out of control."

Williams insisted she was in a positive frame of mind for her Australian Open defence and was not dwelling on her former boyfriend, who was not named in the blog.

"I have honestly never been like in a happier state than what I am now, I'm always happy and smiling," she said.

Williams said she would continue to expose her innermost feelings on the blog at www.serenawilliams.com, even if her entries were sometimes taken out of context.

"It's really interactive and I always try to bare my soul so people can kind of see what kind of person I am and get a better feeling for Serena Williams," she said.

The world number seven did not reveal the name of her suitor in the original entires, although the last man publicly linked to the American eight-time Grand Slam winner was US actor Jackie Long.

Williams revealed that as "weeks turn into months" her bliss soured as her beau failed to declare his love.

"What you always suspected would happen one day sooner or later - he stops calling. You panic," she wrote, saying she felt foolish and hurt at losing the chance to find a soulmate.

Her latest blog entry is an optimistic poem detailing her dreams of winning a third Wimbledon title, becoming a successful movie star and designer and having a family and living a happy life.

Williams said future entries may include what not to do in relationships and the secret of the weight loss that has left her looking fit and trim for this year's Australian open.