Serena Williams was largely untroubled as she strolled into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.
The 23-time grand slam champion showed no signs of a shoulder injury as she blitzed past Germany’s Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-1.
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Donning a brightly-coloured one-legged catsuit on Rod Laver Arena, the seven-time champion lost the opening game but then swept aside Siegemund in less than an hour.
Completely untroubled on the court, the only time Serena came undone was in her post-match interview.
After answering the first question, the American great noticed the microphone she was speaking into was unusually high.
“This mic is really high,” Serena quipped, sparking laughter from fans.
Serena was happy to discuss her victory, but was more concerned about finding out the score in the Super Bowl.
“I’ve got to go, you’re taking so long,” Serena told the interviewer.
“I’m trying to finish this and go and see the rest of it.
“Tom Brady is in my age group so you know it’s exciting.”
lol at Serena trying to hurry up the interview so she can watch the end of the super bowl
— Callie Bubb (@Callie_Bubb) February 8, 2021
Serena out there yelling to hurry up the post-match interview so she can go watch Tom win, saying it’s nice to see someone “in my age group” doing so well in professional sports. lol https://t.co/1CXFUjw9yl
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The 39-year-old, who is seeded 10th, had withdrawn from a lead-up tournament semi-final against Ash Barty citing the injury but didn't appear hindered in the one-sided affair.
Chasing her 24th grand slam singles title Williams will next face Serbian world No.99 Nina Stojanovic, who overcame Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets.
Williams belted 16 winners to Siegemund's four, with the world No.49 unable to find any way to stop the onslaught.
“This was a good start - vintage ‘Rena’,” Williams said in the post-match interview.
“I think I'm pretty good at pacing myself at a grand slam.”
Earlier, 2019 champion and two-time US Open winner Naomi Osaka dispelled any fitness concerns of her own with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The 22-year-old had withdrawn from her Open warm-up event with a shoulder niggle, but advanced comfortably on Monday to a second-round clash with either Polona Hercog or Caroline Garcia.
Osaka hadn’t played since her second US Open triumph last September before arriving in Australia last month.
After two weeks in a quarantine training bubble, the Japanese star posted three wins at the Gippsland Trophy before opting out of her semi-final on Saturday.
“Physically, I feel like everyone; their bodies are shocked coming in and playing matches so suddenly after such a long break,” she said.
“But we're all sort of getting used to it and, all in all, everyone's really happy to be here.”
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