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Australian Open 2017, Melbourne: Serena Williams Beats Belinda Bencic

  • Serena Williams, six-time Australian Open champion, defeated Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic with a straight-set win and reached the second round. Williams won 6-4 6-3 in 79 minutes beating Bencic in Melbourne.

    Williams is going to face Lucie Safarova in the second round.

    The player was defeated by Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open final last year, but won Wimbledon 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

    Williams was injured and has hardly played since the US Open last September. She lost the second round in January's Auckland Classic. However, she cleared all doubts with a flawless performance in temperatures of around 35C.