Playing her first match since the 2019 US Open final, which she lost against Bianca Andreescu, Serena Williams was able to get past Camila Giorgi with a 6-3 6-2 victory at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.
After beating the Italian for the fifth time in as many attempts, the youngest of the two Williams told the press: “I thought it was solid, technically my second match of the year.
Spent a long time off from tournament play, match play, so solid is pretty good. It’s a great start to build on”. “I definitely think the doubles helped me a lot, especially with my serve. I served pretty decent, considering the conditions.
So it’s really been helpful,” she said. The American, who is playing in the ASB Classic for just the second time in her career continued: “She got a lot of balls back [early in the match], but that’s okay.
I was happy that I’m able to beat people that can get balls back”. “It’s definitely not easy [to get the rhythm back after a break],” she said. “It’s always hard to play a first round match early in the season”.
“I’m just taking it a day at a time. I’m just happy to be competing, and I really want to enjoy this year and this tournament, and have fun,” the World No. 10 concluded. The 23-Grand Slam champion will try to tie Margaret Court’s all time record of 24 Majors at the Australian Open.