After losing the opening game, Williams won 10 games in a row, beating Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-1 on the first day of the Melbourne tournament Monday’s win marked the start of Williams’ latest bid a record-breaking 24 Main title

Williams, the No. 10 seed, took the seat in a brightly colored, one-legged catsuit, and her game looked striking too. She only lost nine points on her serve and hit 16 winners. She saved one of her best shots for the last game and ran forward to toss an imbalanced backhand off her laces for a crosscourt winner

“This was a good start – Vintage Rena,” said Williams, the only woman to have played 100 Australian Open games since the beginning of the Open era in 1968 (88-12 record) “It’s definitely good. I’m pretty good at moving around in a Grand Slam”

For the past four years, Williams has tried to hit Australia’s Margaret Court record for major titles. Williams’ last Grand Slam championship was held in Melbourne in 2017

“I’ve had a lot of pressure and now I don’t feel it anymore,” she said “It’s such a great relief I think I’ve just seen it wrong in the past and now I feel completely different”

Williams wore a brightly colored one-legged catsuit that she thought was inspired by ex-Olympic sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, and her game looked striking too, losing just nine points on her serve, hitting 16 winners She showed no sign of the right shoulder problem that led her to withdraw from a tuning tournament

No 3 Osaka, who won the title in Melbourne two years ago, played the first game of the tournament at the Rod Laver Arena, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-2

The first tournament of this year’s Grand Slam season began after a three-week delay due to the coronavirus pandemic

“Physically I feel like everyone else – their bodies are shocked, come in and play so suddenly after such a long hiatus,” Osaka said. “I think we are all getting used to it and everyone is just happy to be here “

Osaka drew a potentially tough opening opponent in Pavlyuchenkova, a Russian player in 39th who reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne in three of the last four years. But Osaka blew through the first set in 21 minutes and barely slowed down after that; She finished with more winners than mistakes and only lost five points on her first serve

Osaka have won 15 games in a row since their last Fed Cup defeat a year ago, including the US Open final in September

Serena Williams’ older sister Venus, a seven-time main champion, won the first game at Margaret Court Arena with a 7-5: 6-2 decision over Kirsten Flipkens

The win ended Venus Williams’ four-time loss to the majors, the longest of her career.The win came in Williams ’88 Grand Slam Match, a women’s record

At 40, Williams is the oldest woman in this year’s draw and only the sixth player in her forties to compete in the Australian Open

“I like my job,” she said, “No matter what happens to you in life, you always hold your head up and give 100 million percent and I do that every day and I can be proud of that ”

Other women’s Grand Slam titles in action on the opening day include two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu

No 23 Angelique Kerber, three-time main champion and winner of the Australian Open 2016, lost against the American Bernarda Pera 6: 0, 6: 4

Canadian Rebecca Marino, a former Top 40 player who took part in a Grand Slam event for the first time in eight years, beat wildcard participant Kimberly Birrell 6-0, 7-6 (9) Marino suffered from depression and a serious foot injury

“I still have my big serve and my big forehead. That hasn’t changed that much,” said Marino. “And I have the confidence that I know I belong again ”

Up to 30000 fans – about 50% of the capacity – are allowed on the tournament grounds, but the seats were mostly empty at the start of the game on a cool morning

“Look, this is amazing,” said Serena Williams, “Last year was very scary for the world to be able to do what I love and come out and compete it makes me appreciate the moment even more “

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