“I started out well, I ended well,” remarked Serena Williams to Sam Smith after her opening-round win over Russia’s Anastasia Potapova on Monday, at the Australian Open. And she could not have summed up her performance any better.
The seven-time Australian Open champion won 6-0, 6-3 over Potapova. Williams needed just 58 minutes to complete the win over the 18-year-old. The first set was completed in just 19 minutes and before the world no. 90 could assimilate what was happening on the court.
Williams hit 19 winners and broke Potapova’s service thrice in the course of the set. Potapova came alive in the second set and started off the proceedings by a break of Williams’ serve to go up 2-0. However, Williams took over Potapova’s momentum right back with a break of her own to level the set at 2-all.
The set remained on serve, up to the eighth game when a flow of errors from Potapova gave Williams a second break, and the chance to serve for the match. Once she had the opportunity, the 23-time Grand Slam champion made it through to the second round, without any missteps whatsoever.
Williams won 81% of her first service points to Potapova’s 62%. The 38-year-old finished the match with 58 points – of which 24 were winners – to Potapova’s 35, of which 11 were winners. Photo Credit: Australian Open