The final score was 6-2, 6-4, and the face off became one of the most controversial tennis matches in the history of the sport due to a disagreement between the umpire and Williams.
World famous USA tennis player Serena Williams beat her German opponent Tatjana Maria 6-0 and 6-2 to advance to the second round in the Australian Open on Tuesday. It's just so cool that I'll be able to share the court with her and an opportunity to see how I compare to one of the best players.
Over the past few years, especially since her return from maternity leave last March, she has been as outspoken as ever about issues that matter to her. I'm going to just go out there and obviously take her extremely seriously. It is important to note that Bouchard struggled with her serve as she allowed her opponent to win a return game. "I train and I go right home and I spend the rest of the day with my daughter". When I know someone is really good, I want to be focused and that was helpful for me today.
Williams will resume on Thursday against Chinese wildcard Peng Shuai or Canadian Eugenie Bouchard as she continues her chase for an eighth Open crown, which would draw the American level with Margaret Court with 24 major singles titles.
Her "playing solo" caption is likely a subtle reference to the fact the last time Serena played the Australian Open, she was eight weeks pregnant with her first child, Alexia Olympia.
Williams has kept a low profile since the defeat by Osaka in NY and was in no mood to revisit the occasion.
"It wasn't an easy match tonight", Williams said in her on-court interview.
Earlier, Karolina Pliskova also continued her unbeaten start to 2019 with a 6-3 6-2 victory over fellow Czech Karolina Muchova.
"I remember that from childhood and it's a dream come true".
"I'm super excited", Bouchard told reporters in Melbourne.
"I feel happy here".
Venus Williams looked to be heading out of the tournament at a set and 5-3 down to 25th seed Mihaela Buzarnescu, but recovered to win 6-7 (3) 7-6 (3) 6-2.
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.