Serena Williams strolls into Australian Open third round

Serena Williams

A seemingly endless slump sent her tumbling down the rankings but there have been signs of a return to form.

Just enjoying the training and enjoying the matches.

It'll be Slam match No. 379 for the formerly top-ranked Williams, who is 333-45 and already has 23 Grand Slam titles, including seven from the Australian Open alone.

Although the American was twice broken herself after cruising into a 3-0 lead, she retained control of the first set by repeatedly attacking the Bouchard serve to great effect.

Williams opens up this year's tournament against German Tatjana Maria, who is ranked No. 74 in singles.

American giant Williams is bidding to match Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam crowns on her first return to Melbourne Park since winning in 2017 while eight weeks pregnant.

Fans have come to expect some kind of sartorial statement from the 37-year-old during her matches, and she didn't disappoint in Australia yesterday.

Williams needed all of 18 minutes to wrap up the first set, ceding just five of 29 points along the way.

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Monfils was spotted in Svitolina's player box during her 6-4 6-1 victory over Viktoria Kuzmova in the second round, leading to an awkward moment when she was asked about it during her on-court interview.

"I expected it to be tough", Keys said about playing an Australian. If you are not attracted by her pattern of play then it could be her outfit which could appear tantalizing to others and irritable to some.

"I admire obviously the longevity of her career, her dominance over such a long amount of time, how she's come back so many times from injury, pregnancy, et cetera". "It's kind of weird walking back on, by myself this time". No. 4 Alexander Zverev also advanced, while Alexei Popyrin upset No. 7 Dominic Thiem in straight sets on the men's side.

Williams is a seven-time victor at the Australian Open.

For all the talk of the unpredictability of the women's game, the story of the tournament so far has been the top players dominating, and it was the same on Thursday.

Walking onto court in a black coat for her match against Tatjana Maria, Serena removed the outerwear to reveal a mint green Nike bodysuit - paired with fishnet tights. And this day is going to be tomorrow.

Serena is a tennis champ who loves demolishing her opponents.

"I haven't had many matches since a year ago but it's ok, I got some time to spend with my daughter", Williams said.

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