Sep 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams (USA) hugs the trophy after recording match point in the final match against Victoria Azarenka (BLR) on day 14 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Australian Open Round Up: Serena Williams advances

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.

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