"It's like an American thing. Pretty much everyone thinks they're overweight. I currently
Williams outclassed German Barbara Rittner 6-2 6-1 to register her 29th successive grand slam win.
Williams, who was beaten by Henin-Hardenne at the Family Circle Cup in South Carolina last month, is determined to avenge the defeat, given recent criticisms the Belgian has a better all-round game.
Williams shrugged off the jibes again yesterday and dealt with another sensitive issue: her weight.
"Well, I haven't stepped on a scale in about six, seven years," said the world No. 1, who says she weighs 59kg. "I will never step on a scale, so I'm not sure if I lost weight or not.
believe like I need to lose 15 pounds (7kg). Even Venus says she needs to lose 15 pounds, which we know is ridiculous.
"I can get depressed . . . because muscle weighs a lot."
Williams says her game can take on an even more threatening dimension as she heeds the advice of former great Billie Jean King and Wimbledon finalist Zina Garrison, who have been urging her to attack the net more.
"There's nothing like having confidence," Williams said.
"When I'm coming to the net, I feel like I'm going to make my volley every time.
"Before, honestly I didn't really enjoy to come, but now I look forward to the net and that is the big difference."