Serena Williams Breezes Past Tatjana Maria In Australian Open Return

Serena Williams made a quick work of Tatjana Maria in her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title.

She began her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title with an emphatic 6-0 6-2 win over Maria in 49 minutes.

The 37-year-old American is gunning for her eighth title in Melbourne and 24th Grand Slam trophy overall, which would equal Margaret Court’s all-time of 24.

“I have been going for the record (for) what seems like forever now,” the 37-year-old Williams said, “so it doesn’t feel any different.”

The last time Williams played in Melbourne was back in 2017, she was pregnant at the time.

“I have so many good memories of the last time I was here,” said Williams.

“It was literally the best win of my career, so it’s just good to get back. I’m glad that I was able to come out and do what I needed to do.

“The last time I was here I was pregnant and playing at the same time, so it’s kind of weird walking back on by myself this time.”

The former world number one took the first set in 18 minutes against Germany’s Maria and never faced a single break point and compiled a 22-7 edge in winners.

The seven-time Australian Open winner will face Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard next.