Eugenie Bouchard wins to set up Aussie Open clash with Serena Williams

Eugenie Bouchard wins to set up Aussie Open clash with Serena Williams

Eugenie Bouchard wins to set up Aussie Open clash with Serena Williams

She was in tears as the pair hugged at the net following the match, and Williams joined the crowd in giving the German player a clap as she left the arena.

Williams is pursuing an eighth Australian Open title and 24th Grand Slam singles trophy overall, which would equal Margaret Court - whose career spanned the amateur and professional eras - for the most in tennis history. She returned to the WTA Tour last March and played in two events before the French Open, where she competed in a skin-tight, full-length black catsuit.

Serena Williams made marked a return to the Australian Open in almost two years, the way she had last left the Rod Laver Arena: with a win.

Serena Williams, with husband Alexis Ohanian and their daughter Alexis Olympia, watch the action during the first round of the 2018 Fed Cup.

It was her first Grand Slam match since her rant against the umpire at last year's US Open final.

Shapovalov, ranked No. 27 on the ATP standings, had 15 aces, 51 winners and won 84 per cent of his first-service points.

"It will improve my quality of life, I'll be in less pain doing just, you know, normal things like walking around and putting your shoes and socks on and things".

Elsewhere it was a mixed opening day for the British players, with two wins out of six matches. Many do not even have a creche where children can be cared for while their mothers train or play, according to a report by The Telegraph. I literally gave everything that I had on the court, fought as best as I could, and performed a lot better than what I should have done without the amount I've been able to practise and train.

World number three Wozniacki, who made her Grand Slam breakthrough in Melbourne previous year, opened her defence with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck.

A sea of Saltires and hand-written messages supporting the Scot welcomed Murray as he walked onto the court just days after admitting that the tournament may be his last due to ongoing issues with his hip. Especially for me it's incredibly frightening.

"Yeah, I think the last time I was here, I was pregnant and playing at the same time - which is insane, " Williams said.

"I mean, I'll probably decide in the next week or so".

She said she still lived in fear of the condition returning and wore compression tights to help stop clots forming. "I have to be happy that I didn't lose today", said a relieved Nishikori, who next faces Croat Ivo Karlovic.

Serena Williams spoke to the media after her comfortable 6-0, 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria at the Australian Open.

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