Serene Enters 2nd Round Of Australian OpenSerena Williams started the defense of her Australian Open title with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win on Tuesday over Polish teenager Urszula Radwanska. Williams also only lost three games in her previous match at Melbourne
Serena Williams started the defense of her Australian Open title with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win on Tuesday over Polish teenager Urszula Radwanska.
Williams also only lost three games in her previous match at Melbourne Park: a 6-0, 6-3 win over now No. 2-ranked Dinara Safinain last year's final.
Despite having her right thigh heavily wrapped with a white bandage, Williams didn't show any signs of restricted movement.
The 28-year-old American hurt her left knee at the Sydney International last Friday night and later said she has been bothered by a foot problem.
On the men's side, sixth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko had a 6-1, 6-0,6-3 win over Dieter Kindlmann of Germany and No. 21 Tomas Berdych advanced 6-0, 6-3, 6-3 over Robin Haase of the Netherlands.
No. 9 Fernando Verdasco, who lost to fellow Spaniard and eventual champion Rafael Nadal in a five-set semifinal here last year that was the longest match in the tournament's history, had a 6-7 (4) 7-6(1), 7-5, 6-2 win over wild card entry Carsten Ball of Australia.
Fabrice Santoro extended his Grand Slam career into a fourth decade, but lasted just one match _ a 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 loss to14th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia.
Ana Ivanovic, who reached the Australian Open final and won the French Open in 2008, opened with a 6-2, 6-3 win over American Shenay Perry in the first match to finish Tuesday.