Defending Australian Open finalist Garbine Muguruza was the protagonist of a great victory against the Russian Liudmila Samsonova, obtained with the final score of 6-3 6-1 in 65 minutes, also like Williams without ever losing her serve.
In the post match interview, Garbine talked abouth many topics, regarding her match and the weather conditions in Melbourne. She said: "Today was finally a Melbourne-style day: it was warm. I'm very happy with the way I played.
I had an opponent I didn't know much about and had never faced; it's not often that you find someone you don't know anything about. The match? I was happy to have taken the first set, it was balanced. Then in the second I had an idea of her and I immediately took the advantage.
In this heat I am happy that things have not become complicated. So close matches? I just had to adapt, it's not something new to me. I said to myself: okay, this year we have to do this. I imagined it as a normal tournament, match after match.
Now let's say that I'm back in Slam mode where you have a day off between matches."
Serena Williams reached the third round of the Australian Open 2021: in 70 minutes the American overtook Nina Stojanovic with the final score of 6-3 6-0.
Serena in the press conference admitted to having had some problems, but not due to her opponent of her. She said: "I still have to find the balance. Especially with the serve. Sometimes I think too much about it and it's not like me; I don't hit well.
But when I don't think about it everything goes smoothly. Clearly this is not the way to do a shot, so it's really about finding balance. Playing conditions? It wasn't that warm for me. I live in Florida and I'm used to it.
I know it can get very warm here but conditions were good for me today. The absence of line judges? It makes me strange but now I like it because it takes away human error, something we certainly don't need. I should be the happiest.
Sometimes I would still like to see the ball again, even if at the eventually it ends up on the computer that shows it to me and so that's okay. However, regardless of her words, the problems in Australia still seem distant for Serena Williams.
The twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion, who entered the first Grand Slam of the season in an extraordinary way, will find in the third round another player who sails at the foot of the Top 100: Anastasia Potapova, fresh from the clear success against Timea Babos.