The 16th racket of the world, American Serena Williams, defeated German Tatjana Maria, who occupies the 73rd line of the WTA rating, with a 6/0, 6/2 score at the start of the “major” in Melbourne.
The meeting lasted 49 minutes. During this time, the 37-year-old Williams completed two aces, never made a mistake in filing and sold five break points, and the 31-year-old Maria three times filed through, made seven double mistakes and did not make a single break.
Previously, athletes with each other have not met. Canadian Eugenie Bouchard or Chinese Peng Shuai will be Williams’ next rival at the Australian Open.