Opening day at Australian Open: Serena Williams wins easily

Andreas Milano

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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Serena Williams breezes in first round as play opens in Melbourne

Andreas Milano

“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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Kudos to Andreescu, Marino for Australian returns

Andreas Milano

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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Andreescu makes a return after 15 months on sidelines

Andreas Milano

Bianca Andreescu began her first news conference at her first tournament in 15 months with a broad smile and more than a hint of giddiness.

“Well, first of all: Hi, people. It’s been a while,” the 2019 U.S. Open champion said. “Um, yeah, it’s been a very long while, but I’m happy to be back.”

As well she should be. As should her entire sport. Because no matter how the No. 8-seeded Andreescu fares at the Australian Open — where she was scheduled to take the court today in the first round against Mihaela Buzarnescu — and no matter the

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Serena Williams, 39, Says 43-Year-Old Tom Brady Is ‘Super Inspiring For Me At My Ripe Young Age’

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Serena Williams played her first match at the Australian Open during the Super Bowl on Sunday night, and then couldn’t wait to finish her post-match interview so she could go watch Tom Brady and the Buccaneers finish off Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Told in

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Showy Serena starts fast in taking first-round win

Andreas Milano

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, and as she left the court, she flexed her biceps.

“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.

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