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Sport Australian Open 2020: Serena Williams powers through for first-round victory

06:35  20 january  2020
06:35  20 january  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

Serena Williams breaks 3-year title drought at ASB Classic

  Serena Williams breaks 3-year title drought at ASB Classic AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Serena Williams broke a three-year title drought when she beat fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the singles final at the ASB Classic. Williams hadn't won a title since the Australian Open singles in January, 2017, and not since she became a mother to her daughter Olympia, who was court-side to see the victory. The 23-time major winner donated her $43,000 winner's check to the fundraisingAUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Serena Williams broke a three-year title drought when she beat fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the singles final at the ASB Classic.

Serena Williams ' bid for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title begins at the Australian Open on Monday. The American star will face teenager Anastasia Potapova in the opening round in Melbourne, where she is again among the favourites. Williams is without a major title since the 2017 Australian

Not since the 2004 Australian Open , when Federer won his second Grand Slam title, have the two While Nadal has his first chance to equal Federer, Serena Williams will have an eighth chance here But if he can break through for his first Grand Slam title this year, it would qualify as a new look for a

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams produced a brilliant display to power past Anastasia Potapova in the Australian Open first round on Monday (Sunday in the United States).

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The American star started her campaign in Melbourne in style, needing just 58 minutes to cruise past Potapova 6-0, 6-3.

Williams was in dominant form from the outset at Rod Laver Arena as she opened her bid to tie Margaret Court's record of 24 major titles.

The 38-year-old Williams is now 19-0 in Australian Open first-round matches. She will face Tamara Zidansek or Han Na-lae in Round 2.

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Six-time champion Serena Williams made her return to the US Open with a clinical first - round win over Poland's Magda Linette. Williams , 36, missed her home Slam last year, giving birth to daughter Olympia shortly after the tournament started. Opening Monday's night session at Arthur Ashe

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Williams was flawless in the first set, hitting 10 winners and taking the opener in just 19 minutes. Potapova improved in the second set and even broke for a 2-1 lead before Williams responded.

Williams grabbed a decisive break in the eighth game when Potapova sent a forehand into the net, and then completed her victory soon after.

Coco Gauff, 15, crashes out in tears at Australian Open .
Coco Gauff's bid for history at the Australian Open ended in tears in the last 16 on Sunday as the 15-year-old crashed out in three sets to fellow American Sofia Kenin. The current record-holder is Martina Hingis, who triumphed at the 1997 Australian Open aged 16 years and 105 days. But Gauff was under the cosh immediately against Kenin, the 21-year-old breaking in the first game at Melbourne Arena and comfortably holding for a swift 2-0 lead.There was no mistaking who the crowd wanted to win -- each point for Gauff greeted with cheers and screams; there was only polite applause for Moscow-born Kenin.

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