Australian Open: Williams sisters through to second round
Serena Williams stormed into the Australian Open second round as she began her bid for a 24th Grand Slam title with a win over Tatjana Maria.
The 37-year-old American, whose 23rd major title came in Melbourne when she was pregnant two years ago, won 6-0 6-2 in 49 minutes on Rod Laver Arena, BBC reports.
Williams holds the most Open era singles titles, but is looking to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.
Sister Venus dug deep to beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.
The Romanian 26th seed served for the match at 5-3 in the second set but Venus broke to love.
The 38-year-old American, ranked 36th, went on to take the set before dominating the third.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion said: “It was pretty hairy there. I hope that this tough match will prepare me for the rest of the tournament.”
Williams, who has reached the final at Melbourne Park twice, most recently in 2017 when she lost to Serena, will meet Alize Cornet of France next.