Sisters Serena and Venus Williams cruised into the second round of this year’s Australian Tournament with wins against opponents Tatjana Maria and Mihaela Buzarnescu Tuesday morning.
Serena, 37, beat Maria 6-0, 6-2 in 49 minutes to kick off her chase for a record 24th Grand Slam in a good way. The 23-time major title champion will become the all-time greatest major title winner should she win this year’s tournament, equaling Australia’s Margaret Court who has 24 titles.
Venus, 38, dug deep to triumph over Buzarnescu after losing the first set 6-7 (3-7) before beating her in the second and third sets 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. Expectedly, Venus comments after the match described the beauty of winning a game after almost losing it.
“It was pretty hairy there. I hope that this tough match will prepare me for the rest of the tournament.”
Serena dominated her German opponent throughout the match. She won the first set in 18 minutes to win her first Grand Slam match since her problematic loss at the US Open final last year. While she lost, Maria was full of praise for the American calling her the “greatest ever.
Serena will face Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard next while her sister will met France’s Alize Cornet.