"That was really hard".
Gauff was one of five American women to win in the first day of singles.
"I believe I can beat anyone, but I think that's nearly every player's mentality".
Ironically, the second largest court at the Australian Open is called the Margaret Court Arena. "It definitely helps me relax a lot". She wasn't gonna give it to me.
Asked if she feared she might be more sensitive to the pollution because of her past problems, Williams replied: "It definitely crossed my mind". We can now add stick-to-it-iveness to the list. "I think the sky's the limit for her".
Defending champion Naomi Osaka overcame a patchy and error-prone performance to advance to the second round with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Czech Marie Bouzkova.
Williams, chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-3 in just 58 minutes.
When asked if she had teamed up with 23-time Major victor Serena Williams and if she had discussed the prospect with her sibling, Venus replied: "I mean, we'll be there in the flawless world". She ended one drought last week, when she won the title in Auckland, New Zealand, marking her first since the Australian title three years ago.
"I hadn't been able to win as a mum, it was nice to be able to win a tournament with a two-year-old. I hope for her". I was just this young kid that was going out.
There was one person who was there for only Osaka.
The 108th edition of the Australian Open will end on February 2. That's it. That's kind of what I have been thinking about the last couple of weeks and months.
"I just feel really happy", Osaka said in her post-match conference.
"For me it's really odd here".
Cirstea, who dominated the first set, had to work hard in the second against a fighting Strycova before getting the 6-2, 7-6 win in 1 hour and 43 minutes.
The air quality was officially rated good on Monday but Williams had not forgotten the choking smoke from Australia's bushfires that greeted her when she arrived in Melbourne earlier this week. That's been really good to see that the Australian Open take that stance on that.