Opening day at Australian Open: Serena Williams wins easily

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams had a wobbly start at the Australian Open — for one game.

After briefly falling behind, Williams swept 10 consecutive games and beat Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-1 on the first day of the tournament Monday.

The victory marked the start of Williams’ latest bid for a record-tying 24th major title. As she left the court, she flexed her biceps, and later she donned a T-shirt that read “Unstoppable Queen.”

“This was a good start — vintage ’Rena,” she said. “It’s definitely good. I’m pretty good at pacing myself at a Grand Slam.”

Williams wore a

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2021 Australian Open: What to Watch on Tuesday Night

How to watch: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern on the Tennis Channel and 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. on ESPN2 in the United States; streaming on the ESPN+ and ESPN3 apps.

Serena Williams thoroughly dominated in her first-round match. Williams won more than twice as many points as her opponent in the 56 minutes that it took to rout Laura Siegemund, a German doubles specialist. Against the unseeded Nina Stojanovic in Tuesday’s match, Williams will look to have a similar outing, keeping her match short and remaining fresh for the later rounds.

Williams isn’t the only one trying to

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Serena Williams breezes in first round as play opens in Melbourne

“This was a good start — vintage ’Rena,” she said. “It’s definitely good. I’m pretty good at pacing myself at a Grand Slam.”

Williams wore a colorful one-legged catsuit, and her game looked flashy, too. She lost only nine points on her serve and hit 16 winners.

Her sister, Venus, won a Grand Slam match for the first time since 2019. Playing in her 21st Australian Open, the elder Williams beat Kirsten Flipkens, 7-5, 6-2.

At 40, Venus is the oldest woman in this year’s draw and just the sixth player in her 40s to compete at the Australian Open.

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Swimming Pool Contractor in Peoria Offers Free Pool Checkup and Estimate Offer

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02/01/2021, Peoria, IL // PRODIGY: Feature Story //

It is great to have a swimming pool in your house as it is one of the best sources of comfort and joy. One can easily refresh the mind and body by spending some time in the swimming pool. But if proper care is not taken, the same swimming pool can become an economic and physical burden. A swimming pool must contain water of adequate standards for it to be safe. If

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Sens drop series opener to Oilers

The Ottawa Senators penalty kill came through Monday night but they could only muster one goal in a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Canadian Tire Centre.

Ottawa (2-10-1) managed to stop the Oilers’ (7-7-0) top 10 ranked power play on all four occasions but couldn’t generate enough offence to get its third win of the year.

“I think we’re all just on the same page,” Paul said about the team’s success on the penalty kill. “We stick together as a group. Everyone is reading off each other and everyone understands what they’re doing.

“I think us coming together

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Kudos to Andreescu, Marino for Australian returns

Bianca Andreescu’s shouts of “Let’s go!” and “Come on!” rang through the mostly empty arena at the Australian Open, heralding her first appearance at a tournament in 15 months.

Also making it clear the 2019 U.S. Open champion was back on the scene: The clutch play she displayed at the most pivotal of moments at Melbourne Park on Monday, serving at 3-all, love-40 in the third set of a first-round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Andreescu produced a pair of forehand winners and a backhand winner right there to start a five-point run that gave her that game — and a

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