Serena Williams produced a merciless present on the Australian Open as she blitzed Tatjana Maria on the earlier world No. 1’s return to Melbourne.
Williams, who’s searching for a record-equaling 24th grand slam crown, missed remaining yr’s Australian Open as a consequence of well being factors, having given starting to her first teen merely 4 months earlier.
Williams, 37, totally overpowered Maria 6-0, 6-2 in a one-sided first-round affair at Melbourne Park on Tuesday. She made it eight consecutive victories with out dropping a set following her 49-minute rout.
Picking up the place she left off in 2017.@serenawilliams def. Maria 6-0 6-2. #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/arR5jrgo3d
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2019
All eyes had been on Williams and the superstar dazzled from the outset, revealing a model new outfit on the end of the warm-up, incomes a roaring cheer from the gang.
Playing in a inexperienced bodysuit, Williams’ vitality was an extreme quantity of to cope with for Maria as a result of the 16th seed barely raised a sweat in the opening set, which she secured in merely 18 minutes as a consequence of 9 winners.
Maria solely managed 5 elements in the first set nonetheless confirmed indicators of life in the second, claiming two video video games and amassing 19 elements.
But, there was no stopping Williams as she charged in route of an eighth Australian Open title, with each Eugenie Bouchard or Peng Shuai awaiting in the second spherical.