Serena Williams has set her sights on regaining the world number one ranking after her Australian Open triumph.
Williams beat Lindsay Davenport 2-6 6-3 6-0 to win her seventh Grand Slam title and her first since Wimbledon in 2003, lifting her to second in the world.
"I'm excited to be number two now. It's been a long way coming back. I'm almost to my goal, and it feels great.
"I've always considered myself the best and the top. I never considered that I was out of it," she said.
Williams has now targeted a second French Open title in June.
"I feel that I need to win the French because I've won two of each already except for the French," she said.
The 23-year-old has been through a bleak period since her Wimbledon triumph two years ago.
She and sister Venus had to cope with the death of their oldest sister Yetunde Price, who was shot dead in Los Angeles in September 2003.
Their parents Oracene and Richard separated, and both sisters dropped down the rankings after suffering injuries.
Serena's injury ruled her out for eight months, and she struggled to regain the form which saw her win four Grand Slam titles in a row in 2002 and 2003.
"That makes it that much sweeter because people are always wondering about what's happening to us," Williams said after winning in Melbourne.
"It's nothing. We're working really hard. The matches we lose, it's just maybe because of a few points here, a few points there of not playing well.
2002: French Open, Wimbledon, US Open
2003: Australian Open, Wimbledon
2005: Australian Open
"We're excited to be back."
Venus has not made it past a Grand Slam quarter-final since she lost to her sister in the 2003 Wimbledon and Australian Open finals.
"People are asking me what's wrong with the Williams sisters," said Serena.
"There's nothing wrong. We're still fighting. We're working real hard and we've been through a lot.
"I don't understand why people are pointing fingers at me and my sister when we're still working hard."
Despite finishing last season ranked number one, Davenport has not won a Grand Slam since the 2000 Australian Open.
The 28-year-old American also finished as runner-up in the doubles in Melbourne, and admitted she had been tired against Williams.
"It was definitely physical. My body's definitely a little bit worn down," she said.