Serena Williams has sealed a second round spot at the ongoing US Open tournament with a straightforward victory over Magda Linette of Poland in the first round.
The 36-year-old defeated her opponent in straight sets to remain on course for a 24th Grand Slam title.
The six-time US champion won 6-4 6-0 against the world number 68 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on her return to Flushing Meadows since the 2016 tournament.
The 17th seed missed last year’s edition due to childbirth.
She gave birth to daughter Olympia just after the tournament started.
The American will face Carina Witthoeft of Germany in the second round.
On her victory, Serena Williams said: “It was such a good feeling to be back here – it is one of the best feelings in the world.”
“The first set was tight, it was my first match back here in New York so it wasn’t the easiest.
“Once I got settled I started to do what I’ve been doing in practise and I felt better.
“I think I’m getting there – I’ve been feeling great in practice.” He concluded.