Serena Williams blitzed the primary set in 19 mins as she introduced her quest for a 24th Grand Slam identify with a quickfire demolition of Anastasia Potapova on the Australian Open on Monday.
The 38-year-old American, dressed in a lilac get dressed and matching running shoes, and carrying closely adorned fingernails, powered previous the Russian youngster 6-0, 6-Three in 58 mins.
The 8th seed performs Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia or Han Na-lae of South Korea in spherical two in an expectant Melbourne, the place she will equivalent the all time report of Grand Slam titles.
Williams comes into Melbourne in ominous shape after breaking her three-year identify drought with victory in Auckland — her first since turning into a mom to daughter Olympia.
Olympia was once there to look her mom win the identify ultimate week, however Williams stated after easing to victory over the 18-year-old Potapova: “It was once truly particular for me (Olympia) and her — I’m hoping for her.”
However the American legend, talking to an adoring crowd on the 15,000-capacity Rod Laver Enviornment, admitted that Olympia “simply cares about Play-Doh”.
“I attempt to inform her I am any person, you realize,” she joked.
“(However) I’m simply recognized about the town as Olympia’s mum — I like that.”
Williams threatened to blow away Potapova — who was once temperamental every now and then — in embarrassingly speedy type.
However the 90th-ranked Russian, overawed within the first set, fought again and broke Williams’ serve in the second one, helped via some sloppiness from the American.
Williams double-faulted to head down a marvel 2-1, however there was once by no means a touch of an disenchanted because the American broke again ahead of pulling away to a very simple win.
There’s massive power on Williams as she eyes the 24 Grand Slams received via Australia’s Margaret Courtroom.
Since profitable the identify in Melbourne in 2017 she has misplaced 4 Slam finals, each and every time failing to even win a suite.
Williams, the highest-earning feminine in game, was once pregnant with Olympia when she lifted the Melbourne crown 3 years in the past.