Williams seeks injury-free 2017

Williams seeks injury-free 2017

Serena Williams is determined to play when she is fully fit next season after a year punctuated by injury problems.

The American ace, who will turn 35 on September 26, claimed just one Grand Slam title in 2016 with victory at Wimbledon, while she was beaten in the Australian Open final by Angelique Kerber.

Garbine Muguruza proved too good in the French Open final while she appeared to be struggling with a knee injury during a semi-final loss to Czech star Karolina Pliskova at the US Open.

The Miami resident has now lost her number one ranking to Kerber, who claimed the Flushing Meadows spoils, but has shown no signs that she wants to hang up her racket just yet.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion will look to regain her former status over the next 12 months and admits it will help if she can play while free from injury.

"I'm tired of playing tournaments unhealthy and taking losses that I would never lose," she told CNN. "I definitely want to make sure I'm healthy and playing at my best or at least 80% healthy or 70% healthy - that way I can be able to play at a higher level."