Bouchard books Serena showdown and admits: 'I love her'

Bouchard books Serena showdown and admits: 'I love her'

Nearly as if she never left.

Seeded 16th in Melbourne, Williams warmed up for the year's first Grand Slam by winning all three of her singles matches at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Serena Williams spoke to the media after her comfortable 6-0, 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria at the Australian Open. Court's record now sits at 24, a record she set during her career between 1960-1977.

The 37-year-old Williams called the romper "a Serena-tard".

From there, Williams got better - winning the ball, the point, the game, the set, and eventually, the match.

"Playing solo this time", she wrote, adding a wink emoji to the caption.

Working mum: In a post match interview at the Australian Open on Thursday, Serena Williams changed gears and reflected on bonding with her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. I think she is the greatest ever. Her baby, Olympia, was born on September 1, 2017, and Williams was off the tour until last March.

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The 23 grand-slam victor has spoken about how the skin-tight jumpsuits and compression stockings help prevent blood clots, as she is prone to deep vein thrombosis after the birth of her daughter.

'I am getting ready for the first match of the year and my dear sweet baby @olympiaohanian was exhausted and sad and simply needed mama's love, ' she wrote on social media.

The younger Williams sister has no interest in that sort of comparison now.

"When I have a tougher round or I know someone is really good, I really want to be focused, and then that was really helpful for me today". "I have so many memories from last time I was here".

"This is a real opportunity for Bouchard and rest assured, Serena Williams is not taking this match lightly", said Bettauer, a regular tennis analyst on Sportsnet. "And then I had another thought that, 'Maybe, one day I'm going to play (against) her in the big arena"'. I feel like I'm in the right direction.

The Serb blasted past American qualifier Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to set up a clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who he beat in Melbourne to win the first of his 14 Grand Slam crowns back in 2008.

Other seeded winners Tuesday included No. 4 Naomi Osaka, No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, No. 12 Elise Mertens, No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova, No. 17 Madison Keys and No. 18 Garbine Muguruza among the women, plus No. 4 Alexander Zverev, No. 8 Kei Nishikori, No. 11 Borna Coric and No. 12 Fabio Fognini among the men.

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