'I can be at top of the world again'
Former world number one Serena Williams said on Thursday that she felt ready to regain her former glory ahead of her first appearance of 2005 at an exhibition event in Hong Kong.
The injury-troubled American star failed to win a grand slam event last season for the first time in two years, a rapid decline after dominating the women's game in 2002 and 2003.
Her patchy form and stated fondness to pursue careers in acting and fashion design even led to speculation about whether the 23-year-old still had the hunger to be the best.
But Williams, who will play doubles in the Hong Kong Challenge tournament, has no doubts she can return.
"Oh yeah, definitely for sure," Williams said when asked if she could return to the top. "I have no issues. Definitely, I dont think there would be any problems," added Williams.
Although her ranking has slipped to seven heading into the Australian Open later this month, Williams believes she is still regarded as the player to beat by many of her contemporaries.
"Honestly, everybody who plays me plays me so hard because they always want to beat me. I am going to get ready for each match from the first round to the final. For me, I just have to watch out for everybody," she said.
The two-time Wimbledon champion has fully recovered from an abdomen muscle injury which prevented her from serving at full strength.