Australian Open

Serena sweeps to victory

2015-01-20 11:33
Serena Williams (AFP)

Melbourne - Top seed Serena Williams blasted her way into the Australian Open second round with a power-hitting masterclass on Monday, sending an ominous warning to her rivals at Melbourne Park.

The American has been talking tough ahead of the season-opening Grand Slam and emphatically backed up her words with a 6-0, 6-4 win over world number 106 Alison Van Uytvanck.

The 20-year-old Belgian was like a deer in the headlights as 18-time Grand Slam champion Williams unloaded, effortlessly breaking her opponent's serve and firing down thunderbolts of her own.

Williams took the opening game in just 60 seconds and wrapped up the first set in 21 minutes.

Van Uytvanck rallied in the second to defend her serve but it only delayed the inevitable and Williams pointedly made a "number one" gesture after wrapping up the win in just over an hour.

There was none of the fatigue the 33-year-old showed earlier this month at the Hopman Cup, but early-season form means little to Williams, who won one of her five Australian titles when she was ranked 81 in the world.

"I definitely think I can improve a tremendous amount," she said.

A sixth Australian Open title would take her to clear second on the all-time Open Era Grand Slam winners list behind Steffi Graf's 22, having joined Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on 18 with her win at the US Open last year.

"It's in the back of my mind, but there's other players who want to win this tournament as well," she said.

"If I could get to 19 in Australia that would be beyond amazing, so we'll see. I have a lot of work to do but I'm just going to enjoy myself."

The American has held on to the top ranking for 100 consecutive weeks, one of only four women to do so, but could lose it if the results do not do her way at Melbourne Park.

She won the last of her Australian titles in 2010 and said ahead of the tournament that the frustrating wait for a sixth meant no other player in the 128-strong field could match her desire to win.

Williams will play Vera Zvonareva in the second round, saying she was wary of the Russian former world number two who she defeated in the 2010 Wimbledon final but who has two career wins over the American.

"To meet such a (formerly) high-ranked player in the second round is not going to be easy for me. It's going to be tough," Williams said.

"She does so many things well. She's on the way back. I know she's been fighting and playing really hard. I have to be ready. I have to come out of the gates ready to go and be the best I can."

Collated results from day two of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Tuesday:

Men's singles

1st round

Steve Johnson (USA) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR) 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
Santiago Giraldo (COL x30) bt Jan Herntch (CZE) 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Donald Young (USA) bt Tim Puetz (GER) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x12) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8
Stan Wawrinka (SUI x4) bt Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x16) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) bt Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 6-7 (1/7), 7-5, 6-4, 1-0 retired
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) bt Blaz Rola (SLO) 7-6 (9/7), 6-3, 6-2
Kei Nishikori (JPN x6) bt Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1), 6-2
Ivan Dodig (CRO) bt Joao Souza (BRA) 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3)
Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) bt Laurent Lokoli (FRA) 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Fernando Verdasco (ESP x31) bt James Ward (GBR) 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3
Gilles Simon (FRA x18) bt Robin Hasse (NED) 6-1, 6-3, 6-4
John Isner (USA x19) bt Jimmy Wang (TPE) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4
David Ferrer (ESP x9) bt Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, 6-0, 6-3
Matthias Bachinger (GER) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU x27) 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 6-1
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x13) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)
Marcel Granollers (ESP) bt Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Milos Raonic (CAN x8) bt Illya Marchenko (UKR) 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3
Donald Young (USA) bt Tim Puetz (GER) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) bt Audrey Golubev (KAZ) 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (8/6)
Marius Copil (ROU) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-2, 6-2, 7-5
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) bt Dusna Lajovic (SRB) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR x21) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
Go Soeda (JPN) bt Elias Ymer (SWE) 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)
Benjamin Becker (GER) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA x25) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) bt Hiroki Moriya (JPN) 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) bt Zhang Ze (CHN) 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) bt Sam Querrey (USA) 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Gael Monfils (FRA x17) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-7 (3/7), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4

Women's singles

1st round

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x24) bt Marina Erakovic (NZL) 7-5, 6-0
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) bt Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-3, 6-2
Samantha Stosur (AUS x20) bt Monica Niculescu (ROU) 6-4, 6-1
Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) bt Zheng Jie (CHN) 6-1, 6-2
Denisa Allertova (CZE) bt Romina Oprandi (SUI) 6-0, 6-2
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE x25) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-4, 6-4
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) bt Zheng Saisai (CHN) 6-4, 6-4
Alize Cornet (FRA x19) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-3, 6-2
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 6-4, 6-0
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x11) bt Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Irina Falconi (USA) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) bt Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-2, 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x8) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2
Tereza Smitkova (CZE) bt Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 6-1, 6-1
Elina Svitolina (UKR x26) bt Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-3, 7-5
Madison Brengle (USA) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER x13) 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) bt Ons Jabeur (TUN) 6-2, 6-3
Nicole Gibbs (USA) bt Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 6-4, 6-1
Casey Dellacqua (AUS x29) bt Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 6-4, 6-0
Petra Kvitova (CZE x4) bt Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 6-1, 6-4
Venus Williams (USA x18) bt Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) 6-2, 6-2
Madison Keys (USA) bt Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 6-3, 7-5
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x15) 6-1, 6-4
Mona Barthel (GER) bt Donna Vekic (CRO) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Lauren Davis (USA) bt Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6-1, 7-5
Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Flavia Pennetta (ITA x12) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Varvava Lepchenko (USA x30) bt Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 6-3, 6-3
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x6) bt Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-3, 6-0
Johanna Larsson (SWE) bt Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 6-4, 6-3
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-0, 6-4
Anna Tatishvili (USA) bt Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 7-5, 6-4
Alja Tomljanovic (AUS) bt Shelby Rogers (USA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0


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