Trio of big-hitting women all into round two of the Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Venus Williams were all delighted after their first round wins at the Australian Open.
“Yeah, after a couple of close games and a few break points, she had certainly started to concentrate a bit better,” said Sharapova of her 6-0, 6-0 victory over Olga Puchkova.
“And, you know, I didn’t want to focus on the fact I hadn’t played a lot of matches. Just wanted to focus on just what was ahead of me and really concentrate and, you know, be aggressive.
“I also never faced her before again. So it was just one of those matches where I didn’t try to worry about her too much and just tried to, you know, think about what I had to do.”
No 6 seed Li Na was also equally delighted with her progress, saying: “I mean, always looking forward to come back, you know.
“But I was feeling, I don’t know if it’s wrong, I was feeling this year the ball is a little bit heavier. So I was feeling a lot ball I can hit the winner, but she’s come back to the court all the time.
“I was a little bit surprised. I don’t know, maybe I hit too slow. Yeah, the ball was a little bit heavier. But, I mean, pretty good start for the match. Yeah, more important I pass the first round.”
And No 25 seed Venus Williams, who overcame Galina Voskoboeva 6-1, 6-0, said: “The stats looked good for me. I haven’t seen them all yet, but I got a high first serve percentage and more winners than errors and so that always makes a good match.
“I don’t think my opponent quite got the hang of, you know, it’s hard to play the first match in a major, the first thing in the year, and that can be a lot of pressure. So I did my best to just close it out.”
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