Serena Williams believed she was at her ‘vintage best’ after she started her Australian Open campaign in brilliant style.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner recovered from dropping her fist service game of the match to absolutely bludgeon German Laura Siegemund into submission in Melbourne.
Williams admitted she started the match feeling ‘nervous,’ although she quickly got into her stride and laid down a serious marker with a hugely impressive 6-1, 6-1 win.
“This is a good start,” Williams said in her on-court interview after the match.
“Definitely vintage Rena. I’m pretty good at pacing myself in a grand slam.”
Serena was also keen to acknowledge the efforts of the Australian Open organisers for being able to get the tournament on aid the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
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“This is amazing. Last year was very crazy for the world,” Williams said.
“To do what I love and be able to come out here and compete at a grand slam makes me appreciate it even more.”
Williams will now play Nina Stojanovic, who won in straight-sets against Irina-Camelia Begu.
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