Top seed Serena Williams moved into the second round of the Australian Open with a straight sets victory over 17 year old Ashleigh Barty, 6-2 6-1.
The American world number 1 needed only 57 minutes to overcome her opponent, in the process extending her winning streak to 23 matches, and sending out a message to her competition that she will be hard to stop in the quest for an 18th major title.
Some of the other results from day one in Melbourne:
- Novak Djokovic won through in straight sets.
- Men’s 3rd seed David Ferrer needed two hours and five minutes to overcome Columbian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3 6-4 6-4. Ferrer was a semi-finalist at Melbourne in both 2011 and 2013.
- Stanislas Wawrinka, the 8th seed who lost an epic to Novak Djokovic last year, had an easier time against Andrey Golubev as the Kazakh retired in at 1-4 in the second set due to a calf injury.
- The biggest seed to fall was the women’s 6th seed, Petra Kvitova, who lost to world number 87 Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand, 6-2 1-6 6-4.