Serena Williams powers into US Open second round with impressive display

Serena Williams celebrates

Serena Williams made a triumphant return to the US Open, brushing aside Magda Linette in her first Flushing Meadows match since 2016.

The American is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title and never looked in any real trouble against Pole Linette.

Serena was at least challenge in the first set but was absolutely dominant after winning it, eventually coming out with a 6-4 6-0 success.

Victoria Azerenka looked closer to her best as she claimed her first US Open win since 2015.

The Belarusian, who has twice reached the final of the competition, is a wildcard this year yet comfortably overcame Viktoria Kuzmova 6-3 7-5.

Daria Gavrilova awaits in the next round for Azerenka after she demolished Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0 6-0.

Julia Goerges also avoided an upset by defeating Anna Kalinskaya 6-2 6-7 6-2.

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