Serena Williams: The greatest win of my career | Tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams has claimed 23 grand slams all through an illustrious career nonetheless the American well-known individual ranked Tuesday’s Australian Open first-round rout of Tatjana Maria as a result of the “greatest win of my career.”

Former world major and this yr’s 16th seed Williams flexed her muscle tissues in a 6-0, 6-2 demolition of Maria at Melbourne Park.

Williams was once more in Melbourne for the first time since profitable the 2017 Australian Open — the 37-year-old skipping remaining yr’s event following the beginning of her daughter.

And veteran Williams, who’s looking for an eighth Australian Open title, reveled throughout the finish outcome afterwards.

“I think the last time I was here I was actually pregnant and playing at the same time,” Williams acknowledged in her on-court interview.

“It was weird walking out here on my own this time. It is great to be back. That was literally the greatest win of my career.”

Williams produced a merciless effectivity on Rod Laver Arena, crusing by means of to the second spherical in merely 49 minutes.

She absolutely overpowered Maria, highlighted by a devastating 18-minute opening set, which yielded 9 winners.

Williams moreover tallied 24 elements compared with Maria’s 5, sooner than her beleaguered opponent managed to snare two video video games throughout the second set.

In her post-match info conference, Williams — who refused to the touch upon remaining yr’s infamous meltdown throughout the US Open closing — suggested reporters: “I didn’t make too many unforced errors.

“She’s a difficult participant. Could have been simply a 6-3, 6-4 match or three-set match. She’s been in a position to beat high gamers, primary and two, so she is aware of play. I believe at all times when I’ve a more durable spherical or I do know somebody that is actually good, I actually wish to be centered, after which that was actually useful for me immediately.”

Asked if she was nonetheless apprehensive regarding the thrombosis issue revealed in 2011, Williams acknowledged: “Definitely nonetheless concerned. I’ve had some factors, they often’re not accomplished. So, it’s merely one factor I merely ought to do for almost most likely the rest of my career, we’ll see. But I’m always on the doctor.

“With DVTs, it’s very scary. I know a lot of people — they’re very common. A lot of people have them. Especially for me it’s incredibly frightening. I lay on the side of precaution as opposed to not.”

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