Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams cruises into second round

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Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams cruises into second round
Serena Williams has won seven Australian Open titles
Australian Open 2019
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January
Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January.

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 win came in Melbourne when she was pregnant two years ago, won 6-0 6-2 in 49 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

Williams holds the most Open Era singles titles, but is looking to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.

“I have so many good memories of the last time I was here,” said Williams.

“It was literally the best win of my career, so it’s just good to get back. I’m glad that I was able to come out and do what I needed to do.

“The last time I was here I was pregnant and playing at the same time, so it’s kind of weird walking back on by myself this time.”

Williams, the 16th seed, took the first set in 18 minutes against Germany’s Maria and fired 22 winners during her opening match.

She will face either Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard or Peng Shuai of China in the second round.

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