Serena Williams' Fiance Alexis Ohanian Cheers Her On at Australian Open!

Serena Williams' Fiance Alexis Ohanian Cheers Her On at Australian Open!

Kerber can hang on to the top ranking by reaching to the final here, but she's already feeling there's more to defend than her title.

Williams equalled Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22 grand slam titles a year ago when she clinched her seventh Wimbledon crown and sits just two away from the all-time record held by Australia's Margaret Court.

Newly engaged Williams brushed off concerns about the 88 unforced errors she had in a loss in New Zealand last week in her only warmup tournament ahead of the Australian Open, which starts Monday (Sunday, Pacific time) and where she's aiming for Open-era record 23rd major title.

Breaking in the 10th game allowed Williams to take the first set and she broke again twice in the second to take a 4-0 lead before easing to victory.

Djokovic, who has a tough match against veteran Fernando Verdasco to open night play at Rod Laver, has won the Australian Open title five out of the last six years.

The athletes last matched up at the 2015 French Open, which Williams won in three sets. The controversial player issued a statement at the time of the ban saying "I do understand and respect the decision by the ATP and I will use this time off to improve on and off the court". It's the massive-serving Canadian against the dreadlocked, journeyman German, who consistently makes some amazingly unlikely shots.

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Britain's Jo Konta secures her place in the second round with a comfortable straight-sets 7-5 6-2 win over Kirsten Flipkens.

"I know how to play tennis". Still, Williams invariably rises significantly at Grand Slams, so expect the greatest women's player in history to up her game today. "I'll go home and tell everyone I am a world-class barista which is in fact not the case". "So I'm ready for the tournament".

"I struggled for a while to find that groove, that rhythm". I want to pass this one. A shock second-round defeat in the Aukland Classic earlier this month to fellow American Madison Brengle raised questions before this year's opening grand slam tournament, posing the theory that pressure may be getting the better of the 35-year-old. You're playing, then suddenly you start to feel pain in your body. So was No. 5-seeded Kei Nishikori.

The four-time champion said: "It was a long road, but I've made it".

Frenchman Gilles Simon, the 25th seed in the men's draw, advanced to the second round with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Michael Mmoh.

Britain's Heather Watson ousted former US Open champion Samantha Stosur in three sets, and WTA Finals title-holder Dominika Cibulkova beat Denisa Allertova to reach round two.