Bouchard relishing Melbourne clash with "greatest" Serena

Serena Williams in action wearing her new green playing suit

Williams made a stunning start at the Australian Open on Tuesday with a 6-0 6-2 victory over Tatjana Maria, only needing 49 minutes to book her spot in round two.

It'll be Slam match No. 379 for the formerly top-ranked Williams, who is 333-45 and already has 23 Grand Slam titles, including seven from the Australian Open alone.

Serena Williams' next Australian Open opponent, 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska, feels as if she saw Saturday's matchup coming a decade ago.

The 37-year-old Williams, playing her first Grand Slam since her rant against the umpire at last year's US Open final, lost only 24 points against Maria.

"The one trophy that I keep is from the first match I played against Venus [Williams] when I was eight".

Because of a health scare after giving birth, Serena wears compression stockings during matches to try to make sure she doesn't get blood clots again. I mean, I think she's, you know, the greatest ever. Her Grand Slam return came at the 2018 French Open, where she reached the fourth round before withdrawing with an injured chest muscle, and was followed by runner-up showings at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

"Anything can happen, but I think previous year, she was not in a good space in terms of tennis and competition", Williams' long-term coach Patrick Mouratoglou told ESPN. But getting older, I realized I have to (have) my own style, " said Yastremska, the junior runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016 and owner of one WTA title.

'I haven't had many matches since previous year but it's ok.

Serena is a tennis champ who loves demolishing her opponents. "I think a young generation playing against an experienced legend is unbelievable".

"It was a little bit odd but I understand why tournaments do that because if he doesn't come back then they want to give him a send off and show their appreciation for what he has done".

So, yes, Bouchard won that point, but that sequence led her into trying to do a tad too much on second serves, because she ended the game with consecutive double-faults to get broken right away. But that didn't stop the American tennis superstar from experimenting with her fashionable outings.

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