Serena Williams was a woman in a hurry at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday. The world number one took just 61 minutes to see off Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck 6-0, 6-4. The American top seed smashed 11 aces and 21 aces at the Margaret Court Arena.
Agnieszka Radwanska was also a first round winner on the day after a 6-3, 6-0 lesson handed out to Japan’s Kurumi Nara. The sixth seed hit six aces and 17 winners during her 63 minutes on court. Elsewhere, fourth seed Petra Kvitova cruised into the second round after a 6-1, 6-4 thrashing of Richel Hogenkamp, that took juts 63 minutes. The Czech served seven aces and rammed 31 winners past the Dutchwoman, who managed just seven of her own at the Hisense Arena.
Meanwhile, former world number one Caroline Wozniacki needed 92 minutes to complete a first round win over Taylor Townsend 7-6, 6-2. The Dane only hit 20 winners compared to the 30 of the American but crucially, Wozniacki committed just 10 unforced errors. Townsend was guilty of 34 in this first round clash in Melbourne.