Williams storms into Open’s second round

Serena Williams was far too strong for her opening opponent at Melbourne Park.Credit:AP

S. Williams d. T. Maria 6-0, 6-2

Steely-eyed Serena Williams has made a ruthless start to her quest for an historic 24th grand slam crown, storming into the Australian Open second round for the loss of just two games.

Returning to Rod Laver Arena for the first time since beating older sister Venus while pregnant in the 2017 final, Williams crushed German Tatjana Maria 6-0 6-2 in 49 minutes on Tuesday.

Williams will resume on Thursday against Chinese wildcard Peng Shuai or Canadian Eugenie Bouchard as she continues her chase for an eighth Open crown, which would draw the American level with Margaret Court with 24 major singles titles.

Williams covers the court against Tatjana Maria.Credit:AAP

Williams conceded only five points in racing through the first set before Maria saved face by finally getting on the board after dropping the opening nine games.

But victory was inevitable for Williams, who remains undefeated this summer following three straight-set wins at the Hopman Cup in Perth.


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