Saying that she has nothing to lose and simply enjoys traveling the world doing what she does best, Serena Williams moved into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Belinda Bencic, the player who had beaten her in their last meeting at the 2015 Rogers Cup.
Debuting the Nike Spring Premier Power Dress, whose print I read somewhere is inspired by the shades sunrays leave on the court, last year’s runner-up Williams opened her bid for a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title with her typical powerful performance in the scorching Melbourne conditions.
After winning her first Grand Slam match of 2017 with her new Wilson Blade SW104 Autograph Countervail racquet, Williams will next face always-tricky Lucie Safarova, who saved nine match points before defeating Yanina Wickmayer 3-6 7-6(7) 6-1. The Czech saved five match points on her own serve in the second set and later on four more in the tiebreak.
— lucie safarova (@luciesafarova) January 17, 2017
Unlike the first day of the 2017 Australian Open which immediately showed the exit door to world No.4 Simona Halep, the second day didn’t see any major upsets, as fifth seed Karolina Pliskova, third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova and former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki all progressed to the second round. (photo: Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia)