Serena Williams made a ruthless start in her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over unseeded German Tatjana Maria in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
The seven-time Australian Open champion was pregnant when she won the last of her 23rd Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park.
She, however, showed her brutal power and athleticism in the match between the two mothers at Rod Laver Arena.
The 37-year-old Williams, playing her first Grand Slam since her rant against the umpire at last year’s U.S. Open final, lost only 24 points against Maria.
Williams finished the match in just 49 minutes on her second match point when Maria sent a backhand wide.
The American is expected to play with the winner of the match between Peng Shuai and Eugenie Bouchard. (Reuters/NAN)