‘Olympia’s mom’, Serena Williams, powers into second round of the Australian Open
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
Serena Williams. #AusOpen
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) January 20, 2020
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.”
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2020
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.
Misery for Andy Murray as Stan Wawrinka catches him cold at the French Open
The Briton won only six games in a straight-sets defeat.
Dan Evans falls at first hurdle at Roland Garros as he goes down in five sets against Kei Nishikori
Evans still searching for his first win at Roland Garros.
Victoria Azarenka eventually gets the win at chilly Roland Garros after refusing to be get ‘frozen’
Azarenka walked off court after three games.
Inauspicious start at Roland Garros as Victoria Azarenka refuses to play on due to chilly conditions
Victoria Azarenka branded conditions “a joke”.
Upbeat Andy Murray: ‘I can still win tournaments but it won’t be easy’
Murray will take on Wawrinka in the first round of the French Open.
No emotional baggage for Novak Djokovic after US Open default as he eyes second Roland Garros title
Novak Djokovic won’t cut down on his aggression.
WATCH: Serena Williams hails ‘good friend’ Lewis Hamilton as ‘greatest driver of our generation’
High praise for Lewis Hamilton from Serena Williams.
2020 French Open: Follow the action from Roland Garros with our live scores centre…
Catch the action with our live scores centre…
Andy Murray faces ‘challenging’ route back to top, but has the desire to ‘win some more tournaments’
Andy Murray eyes long runs over next few months.
French Open order of play: Johanna Konta v Coco Gauff, Stan Wawrinka v Andy Murray feature on day one
This way for your day one French Open order of play…