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Sports Happy families: Osaka, Williams win openers in Australia

08:50  20 january  2020
08:50  20 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Near-death experience gives Naomi Osaka perspective

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Serena Williams won hers for her daughter. The first two matches on center court at the Australian Open were all about families for two Williams has won the title seven times in Australia , and is aiming for an all-time record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title. She hasn't added to her career

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Naomi Osaka won the tournament's opening match for her dad at the Australian Open. Serena Williams won hers for her daughter.

The first two matches on centre court at the Australian Open were all about families for two champions.

For something new, Osaka's father, Leonard Francois, was in the crowd watching as the defending champion reeled off the last four games after dropping serve for the only time to beat Marie Bouzkova 6-2, 6-4.

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Next up, Williams started her bid for a first major title as a mom when she beat 18-year-old Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-3. Williams has won the title seven times in Australia, and is aiming for an all-time record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title. She hasn't added to her career tally since victory at the 2017 Australian Open, and then becoming Olympia's mom. She managed to end one drought last week when she won the title in Auckland, New Zealand — her first since the Australian title three years ago.

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Kyrgios won 't have them all in his corner for the Australian Open but this tournament will take on extra And so in Australia it will be respective British No 1s Dan Evans and Johanna Konta that will carry the Naomi Osaka established herself as a force to be reckoned with when she won it in 2019.

Champion Osaka still starstruck. Fun for Kids & Families . From water activities to ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, family -friendly food options, and non-stop entertainment, this is THE place to be this summer holiday!

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“I hadn't been able to win as a mom, so it was nice to finally be able to win a tournament with a 2-year-old now,” Williams said of her Auckland win. “I've been pretty close, but it was special for me and for her. I hope for her.”

Williams has lost four Grand Slam finals since her last title, and is determined to end that streak.

She won seven straight games until Potapova held serve and changed the momentum — for a little while at least. The Russian got a service break, but broke Williams rallied quickly to get back on track.

Osaka thanked the crowd after her match, saying “You probably didn’t come for me, but thanks for filling up the stadium."

There was one person in particular who was there only for Osaka.

“My dad watched my match from my box for the first time during a Grand Slam," Osaka, who won back-to-back majors at the 2018 U.S. Open and last year's Australian Open, tweeted. “I feel so happy.”

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Serena Williams was docked a point and then a game in an angry climax to the US Open final, which was won switch to the Australia edition. On the 45th anniversary of Margaret Court winning her 24th and final major, Williams was favoured to move alongside the Australian in the history books

She later explained: “He's just superstitious. Because, like, he literally -- because, like, before when he used to sit in my box I would just look at him and complain a lot, but I have matured over the past, like, three or four years he hasn't sat in my box."

Father-of-four Roger Federer had a routine 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Steve Johnson in his first tournament of the year, saying he was content with his form after a vacation and some heavy off-season training. He's 21-0 in first-round matches at the Australian Open, where he's won six of his 20 major titles.

Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, who lost the final here last year to Osaka, advanced 6-1, 6-0 over Katerina Siniakova on Margaret Court Arena in a mid-afternoon match that continued while play was suspended because of rain on the the outside courts.

Osaka is aiming to be only the ninth woman to successfully defend the Australian Open title. She wasn't able to do that at the U.S. Open last year, when she lost in the fourth round, but says she learned some valuable lessons there.

The Latest: Serena Williams into 3rd round in Australia

  The Latest: Serena Williams into 3rd round in Australia MELBOURNE, Australia — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Serena Williams moved a step closer in her bid for a record 24th major title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tamara Zidansek to reach the third round at the Australian Open. Williams won the last of her seven Australian Open titles in 2017, but hasn't added a major championship since then. She took time off the tour to have her daughter, Olympia, and has lost four Grand Slam finals in the last two seasons. Her title in Auckland, New Zealand recently was her first at tour-level in almost three years.

Osaka won the set 6-2 and both players made an even start to the second set but it exploded when umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation for coaching from her box. Williams then confronted the umpire claiming she doesn't cheat but after dropping serve at

Williams was defeated by Naomi Osaka , who won her first Grand Slam title, 6-2, 6-4. Naomi Osaka of Japan poses with the championship trophy after winning the Women's Singles finals match against Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open.

“Definitely, it was really tough for me trying to control my nerves," she said of her first-round win. "I’m really glad I was able to finish it in two.

Other seeded players advancing on the women's side included No. 13 Petra Martic and No. 14 Sofia Kenin. Martic had a 6-3, 6-0 win over Christina McHale and Kenin beat Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan 6-2, 6-4..

Denis Shapovalov lost an ill-tempered match 6-3, 7-6 (7), 6-1, 7-6 (3) to Marton Fucsovics, who has made a habit of taking out the No. 13 seed in Melbourne.

Shapovalov berated the umpire and received a code violation for spiking his racket after the third set.

“I didn't break it. If I break it, 100% code me,” Shapovalov yelled at umpire Renaud Lichtenstein. “You're not doing your job. You're just finding reasons to code me.”

Fucsovics also beat the 13th seed last year at Melbourne Park, that time Sam Querrey in the second round.

“Usually this is not a lucky number, but for me, my favourite number,” he said. “I played some of my best tennis today. Everything was working well.”

No. 8 Matteo Berrettini and No. 22 Guido Pella also advanced along with Querrey, who beat 25th-seeded Borna Coric 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, and Dan Evans, who rallied from two sets down to beat Mackenzie McDonald 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.

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John Pye, The Associated Press

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