It was a smooth start to the 2020 campaign for Serena Williams as the 23-time Grand Slam winner opened her singles season with a solid win over Camila Giorgi at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Playing in her first match since the 2019 US Open final in September, Williams brushed the Italian aside 6-3, 6-2 in only 68 minutes.
— WTA (@WTA) January 7, 2020
The top seed, who started the tournament by teaming up with good friend Caroline Wozniacki in the doubles, broke Giorgi’s serve three times and served eight aces.
“I’ve always had really tough matches against Giorgi. The doubles really helped because got to come out here and play a little bit in these conditions and get used to them,” the American told Sky Sport NZ.
“It’s really good to know that I still have some power left in my arm and my legs and everything. It felt really good.”
Williams will face fellow American Christina McHale, who beat qualifier Ann Li 7-5, 6-2, in the second round while 15-year-old Coco Gauff could be a quarter-final opponent.
Second seed Petra Martic had to dig deep before winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 against Usue Maitane Arconada while Wozniacki beat Paige Mary Hourigan 6-1, 6-0.
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