Defending champion Naomi Osaka is safely into the second round of the Australian Open after overcoming nerves to power past Marie Bouzkova on Rod Laver Arena.
The two-time Grand Slam winner required just one hour and 20 minutes to see off the Czech 6-2, 6-4.
Despite the nerves, Osaka was always in control of proceedings as she broke in games five and seven of the first set and, after initially going down a break in game six of the second set, stormed back to win the final four games.
The Japanese player also sent down a serve that broke the net.
When your serve is so powerful, you break the net 🧐
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“It was really tough for me trying to control my nerves,” Osaka said. “I was really glad to finish it in two.”
She added: “For me, I’ve never played her before, so it’s tough to play someone you’ve never played in the first round of a Grand Slam.
“I just know that she’s going to become a great player and we’re going to play a lot of really hard matches.
“I hope I’m still standing here at the end of this week.”
The former world No 1 will face Zheng Saisai next after the Chinese player beat Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya 6-3, 6-2.
Meanwhile, 13th-seed Croatian Petra Martic beat American Christina McHale 6-3, 6-0 to set up a second-round clash against German Julia Goerges, who beat Viktoria Kuzmova from Russia 6-1, 6-2.
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