Australian Open 2020: Serena Williams & Naomi Osaka Cruise into The Second Round
Naomi Osaka won the tournament-opening match for her dad at the Australian Open. Serena Williams won hers for her daughter.
Williams, chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, took the first set in 19 minutes in a 6-0 6-3 victory over Russia’s Anastasia Potapova.
Third seed Osaka started slowly against Marie Bouzkova before winning 6-2 6-4.
Williams needed just 19 minutes to win the first set but 18-year-old Russian dug in to at least make the scoreline respectable.
“I hadn’t been able to win as a mum, so it was nice to finally be able to win a tournament with a two-year-old now,” Williams said. I’ve been pretty close but it was special for me and for her. I hope for her.
There was an even faster win for seventh seed Petra Kvitova, with the 2019 runner-up demolishing fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-1 6-0 in 51 minutes.
Other winners on day one were Croatian 13th seed Petra Martic, who beat American Christina McHale 6-3 6-0 to set up an encounter with 2018 Wimbledon semi-finalist Julia Goerges of Germany, and 14th seed Sofia Kenin.