Serena Williams restarted her prolonged quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles title with a 6-1, 6-Four win over Daria Gavrilova in an Australian Open tuneup match at Melbourne Park on Monday.
Williams has been stalled on 23 main singles titles because the 2017 Australian Open, when she was two months’ pregnant with now-three-year-old daughter Olympia and when she beat her sister Venus within the last.
A 24th singles main would equal Margaret Courtroom’s Grand Slam whole, however a few of Courtroom’s wins got here earlier than the skilled period.
Williams clinched the match with a blistering forehand to the open courtroom on her first match level.
“I used to be considerably targeted, within the zone, I suppose,” Williams stated in a post-match TV interview. “I’m trying ahead to the upcoming days.”
Earlier, Coco Gauff didn’t make it simple on herself. The 16-year-old American was up a service break within the second set and regarded prepared for straight-sets win till Jil Teichmann received the second-set tiebreaker. The gamers then went to a deciding-set tiebreaker earlier than Gauff received 6-Three, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5) on the WTA’s Gippsland Trophy.
“All of the coaching I did within the low season meant that I may go three powerful units,“ Gauff stated on courtroom after the match.
In one other match on the identical match, Australian Destanee Aiava beat Chloe Paquet 6-1, Four-6, 6-Four after saving 14 of 15 break factors.