On Tuesday, World No 1 single professional tennis player Serena Williams blow up all doubts about her form, as she hit into the Australia Open second round on her return to Grand Slam action.
The American women professional player, with a record 23rd major name in her sights and observed by her new fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, beats dangerous Swiss player Belinda Bencic at 6-4, 6-3.
Williams has played hardly since her shock defeat in the US Open semi-final in September, and she completed 88 unforced errors in her second-round loss against Madison Brengle at this month’s Auckland Classic.
Williams said on Tuesday that “It was one of the toughest first-round matches I’ve ever played.”
She added “Right now I’ve got nothing to lose. Every match, every tournament I’m playing for fun.”
Williams, who can break Steffi Graf’s Open-era, a record of 22 Grand Slam titles if she wins in Melbourne for the 7th time, she will face next to Lucie Safarova, who had a magical life into her victory over Yanina Wickmayer.
The Czech carry on nine match points before winning 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-1 against the confused Wickmayer, who have said that she was feeling “definitely not good” after hiring slip many opportunities.
Wickmayer said “It’s not fun,” adding: “I think she served very well on certain points and other points I didn’t go for enough. But I think it’s normal when you have match point and you want to play it a little bit safe. Then after, you realise it’s not the best option.”
World number three Milos Raonic and last year semi-finalist, enjoyed a smooth start to his campaign when he beat Germany’s Dustin Brown at 6-3, 6-4. 6-2. And also German hotshot Alexander Zverev credited a racquet-smashing tantrum with sparking his revival as he came back to beat Robin Haase at 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
“Sometimes it’s good to let it out and I started to play my best tennis again after that (racquet smash) in the fourth set,” said Zverev.