Serena Williams made a blistering start to the 2020 Australian Open as she brushed aside teenager Anastasia Potapova to reach the second round.
Gunning for an eight title at Melbourne Park and a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam, Williams dismissed the 18-year-old Russian in 58 minutes as she won 6-0, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.
3 unforced errors
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After getting blown away in the first set Potapova did have her moments in the second as she broke in game three, but the American hit back straightaway and then ran away with things.
Former world No 1 Williams was asked after the match if her daughter Olympia understood the game of tennis yet, she replied: “She just cares about play dough & Qai Qai [her doll].I try to tell her I’m somebody, you know.
“I’m just known around town as Olympia’s mom, to all of her friends. I just love that, absolutely love that.”
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Williams’ fellow American Sofia Kenin also advanced as the 14th seed beat Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan 6-2, 6-4, but 32nd seed Barbora Strycova is out as she suffered a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) defeat at the hands of Sorana Cirstea.
Your draw for the 2020 Mexican Open.
WTA Tour No 20 title for Simona Halep.
Stefanos Tsitsipas on course to successfully defend title.
Dominic Thiem OUT of Rio Open.
Your draw for the 2020 Dubai Tennis Championships.
Kevin Anderson out of action for an extended period.
Roger Federer backed to win another Wimbledon title.
It’s over for Daniil Medvedev in Marseille.
Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘in the zone’ in Marseille.
It’s Simona Halep v Elena Rybakina in the Dubai final.