Serena Williams sweeps Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the Australian Open.
melbourne, australia» Defending champion Serena Williams has won her firstround match in the Australian Open on Monday, beating Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-4, 7-5 at Rod Laver Arena.
Williams, who just missed a calendar-year Grand Slam in 2015 when she lost in the U.S. Open semifinals, was helped by 12 double-faults by the Italian player, including on break point in the 11th game of the second set to give Williams a 6-5 lead.
The 21-time major champion held her service at love in the next game, including two aces and a service winner, to close out the match in 1 hour, 45 minutes.
Williams appeared to show no soreness from recent inflammation in her left knee.
“It wasn’t quick, so that actually worked to my advantage as well,” Williams said. “I think I was able to stay in it and stay calm today and I think that’s what matters most.”
Nishikori advances in men’s.
Kei Nishikori has become the first of the seeded men’s players to advance to the second round of the Australian Open.
The seventh-seeded Nishikori, who reached the quarterfinals last year, beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 without facing a break point Monday.
Nishikori struggled with a series of injuries last year but said he was feeling sharp after his first match in Melbourne.
Serena Williams celebrates victory over Camila Giorgi.