SHOWS: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 10, 2019) (TENNIS AUSTRALIA - Broadcasters: FOR NEWS PURPOSES ONLY.
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(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN OPEN DEFENDING CHAMPION CAROLINE WOZNIACKI SAYING : "I love it, it is amazing.
I think it is something I always hoped for and dreamt of and being back here it just feels so great.
It feels like the first time I came and hit on these courts I felt like 'Ok I feel at home.
I feel good, I feel these courts are suited for me'.
It is incredible to be back and I am just enjoying every minute of it." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN OPEN DEFENDING CHAMPION CAROLINE WOZNIACKI SAYING ON HER ILLNESS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: "I feel like once you get a diagnostic on it, you feel relieved because you then know what to do and what to expect.
For me, it is just taking it day by day, taking extra care of my body, getting the right treatments, going into the ice baths, eating even better and even cleaner than I was before.
And just really listening to how my body is reacting.
I have had a great off season to be honest.
I was practicing really hard and I feel like I am very well prepared.
I think mentally I am ready for this year, just ending last year on a positive note and being able to refocus." STORY: The draw for the first Grand Slam of the season was made on Thursday (January 10) and the top seeds could face some early tests of their title credentials when play gets underway on Monday at the Australian Open .
Defending women's champion Caroline Wozniacki, who broke through for her maiden Grand Slam title with victory over Simona Halep in last year's final, is in line to face former winner Maria Sharapova in a mouth-watering third round showdown.
Speaking at the draw, Wozniacki played down question marks over her fitness after the 28-year-old Dane revealed her battle with rheumatoid arthritis last October but has since claimed that she has learnt to live with it.