Australian Open: Serena and Venus Williams through to second round

Andy Murray knocked out of Australian Open but hints he’s not ready to call time on his career

Andy Murray knocked out of Australian Open but hints he’s not ready to call time on his career

"I'm thinking, from zero to Serena, I'm only at the S", Williams said then. Nearly as if she never left.

"Maybe I'll see you again, I'll do everything possible to try", the three-time Grand Slam champion said on court with a quavery voice.

"I think it's a pretty open tournament and I think an outsider can win it", the Australian great said at the weekend.

She broke Aiava's serve four times and fended off the only break-point chance she faced.

"If I want to go again, I'll need to have a big operation, which there's no guarantee I'll be able to come back from anyway, but I'll give it my best shot".

Maria, on the other hand, needed 10 games to find any semblance of a rhythm, seemingly blindsided by Williams' on-court presence before she tossed her first serve.

"I've had about 86 injuries and the ankle is still a bit swollen", said the 21-year-old.

"I've loved playing here over the years".

The three-time Grand Slam victor added: "If I want to play there one last time then I'd have the next four or five months off then have an operation and stop". "It's kind of weird walking back on, by myself this time".




The outpouring of support seemed to lift him and despite grimacing with pain after some rallies he was nevertheless moving relatively freely as the Spaniard took the opening set in 50 minutes.

The Serb blasted past American qualifier Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to set up a clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who he beat in Melbourne to win the first of his 14 Grand Slam crowns back in 2008.

A battling Andy Murray bowed out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle on Monday, but it was business as usual for ruthless Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who joined Caroline Wozniacki in round two.

The tournament's two No. 1 seeds, Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, played at night and both won - although in contrasting fashion.

The Serb starts against American qualifier Mitchell Krueger.

Williams wore a form-fitting green Nike romper along with fishnets during Tuesday's match against Tatjana Maria.

The match, which lasted just 63 minutes, was fully controlled by the Russian, who didn't lose a single game to her lower-ranked opponent.

On a humid afternoon with the temperature topping 90 degrees (32 Celsius) Tuesday, she wore a green leotard of sorts - she called it a "Serena-tard" - and while her unsafe serve produced only two aces, her other, considerable, tools were in working order. The player brought her daughter onto the court after winning the Mexican Open with doubles partner Heather Watson, in 2018.

The younger Williams sister has no interest in that sort of comparison now.

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