Serena Williams 'worried' about the contamination of the Australian Open after past lung problems

MELBOURNE Serena Williams expressed concern about smoke pollution from forest fires in the Australian Open on Monday, saying that lung problems in the past could make her more vulnerable.

The 38-year-old American, who pursues a 24th record. Grand slam title said it was a waiting game to see how conditions develop over the next fortnight.

The poor air that interrupted the qualification eased on Monday, when Williams had a winning start against Anastasia Potapova, and instead gave way to spells of heavy rain.

I was definitely worried, and I am, said Williams, who suffered a lung blood clot during childbirth while giving birth to her daughter Olympia in 2017, the second time she needs emergency treatment for the problem.

I think that mist remains a concern for almost everyone.

Many players have faced the organizers for advancing last week with qualifying matches, despite the levels of pollution that hit some of the worst on the planet in Melbourne.

When asked if he was afraid of being more sensitive to pollution due to his past problems, Williams replied: It definitely crossed my mind.

I'm like, 'Oh no, I'm already playing a little less than most people.'

But Williams, who gave the Auckland winners check for $ 43,000 to a forest fire relief fund last week, said he felt no particular problem in his initial victory against Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova.

The American said tournament organizers had kept players informed about the latest conditions every day.

"That's been really good to see that the Australian Open take that stance on that," she said.

So, literally, it's every day, we just wait every day to see what the air quality would be like.