Serena’s classy tribute to NFL champ Brady
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams had a wobbly start at the Australian Open — for one game.After briefly falling behind, Williams swept 10 consecutive games and beat Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-1 on the first day of the tournament Monday.The victory marked the start of Williams’ latest bid for a record-tying 24th major title, and as she left the court, she flexed her biceps.Watch the Australian Open with live streams of every court at 9Now. Click here to start watching!“This was a good start — vintage ’Rena,” she said. “It’s definitely good. I’m pretty good at pacing myself at a Grand Slam.”Williams wore a colourful one-legged catsuit, and her game looked flashy, too. She lost only nine points on her serve and hit 16 winners.MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 08: Serena Williams of The United States of America plays a backhand in her Women’s Singles first round match against Laura Siegemund of Germany during day one of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 08, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) (Getty)After the match, Williams couldn’t resist a bit of Super Bowl chat as she paid tribute to fellow American and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Tom Brady, who won his seventh NFL championship ring today, with his team defeating the Kansas City Chiefs.”Tom Brady is in my age group so it’s exciting,” she said after the win.”He is amazing. To be competing at such a high level, for us one of the biggest championships in the world, at 43 is unheard of.”It’s super inspiring for me at my ripe young age of 30-something.”Tom Brady (Getty)Her sister, Venus, won a Grand Slam match for the first time since 2019. Playing in her 21st Australian Open, the elder Williams beat Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-2.At 40, Venus is the oldest woman in this year’s draw and just the sixth player in her 40s to compete at the Australian Open.Three-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, who won the title in Melbourne two years ago, played the opening match in Rod Laver Arena and beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-2.The first tournament of this year’s Grand Slam season began after a three-week delay because of the coronavirus pandemic.“Physically I feel like everyone, their bodies are shocked, coming in and playing so suddenly after such a long break,” Osaka said. “I think we’re all getting used to it and everyone is just happy to be here.”That includes the Williams sisters.Serena powers through opening set“Listen, this is amazing,” Serena said. “Last year was very scary for the world. To be able to do what I love and be able to come out and compete . . . it makes me appreciate the moment even more.”Canadian Rebecca Marino, a former top-40 player competing in a Grand Slam event for the first time in eight years, beat wild-card entry Kimberly Birrell 6-0, 7-6 (9). Marino was sidelined by depression and a serious foot injury.In early men’s play, No. 14-seeded Milos Raonic defeated Federico Coria 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. American Reilly Opelka hit 18 aces and beat Lu Yen-hsun 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3.Serena Williams overpowered Siegemund, moved well and saved one of her best shots for the final game, racing forward to flip an off-balance backhand off her shoestrings for a cross-court winner.For the past four years, Williams has been trying to equal Australian Margaret Court’s record of 24 major titles. Williams’ most recent Grand Slam championship came at Melbourne in 2017.Osaka drew a potential tough opening opponent in Pavlyuchenkova, a Russian ranked 39th who reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne three of the past four years.But Osaka breezed through the first set in 21 minutes and barely slowed after that. She finished with more winners than errors and lost only five points on her first serve.Up to 30,000 fans — about 50% of capacity — will be allowed on the tournament site, but seats were mostly empty for the early matches on a cool day.“I’m just really happy to see people in the stands,” Osaka said.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsFor a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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