Bouchard falls to Williams in Australian Open

Ross Houston
January 18, 2019

Her opponent on Thursday evening was world number 79 Eugenie Bouchard from Canada, and Williams secured a 6-2, 6-2 victory in just 70 minutes - but Australian viewers only caught the last half an hour.

Tennis great Steffi Graf has backed Serena Williams to match and even beat Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam titles, saying the American's determination and experience will get her over the line.

Graf, who won four Australian Opens among her 22 titles, said Williams would nearly certainly go down as the greatest ever women's player, given today's standards are so much higher.

Bouchard admitted, in typically ultra cute fashion, she had her eye on a clash with Williams as soon as the draw was made.

Court, 76, said ahead of the tournament that she doesn't worry about the prospect of being overtaken by Williams and can always take comfort from winning 40 Grand Slam doubles titles to go with her singles crowns.

Williams played the game on her terms, she pushed Bouchard around the court and refused to be pushed herself.

"Yes, I guess so", the third seed told reporters.

Williams has a point, as USADA records show she's tested far more than other top-tier female and male tennis players.

"I didn't really expect to be asked that because I just finished my match", said the sixth-seeded Ukrainian. In an interview to BBC a year ago, the Australian legend had said: "It's not easy to win Grand Slams, it's probably easier today than when we were playing". Sharapova said she didn't have time for empathy.

The sports icon rocked a bright green romper with black fishnets during her first match at this year's Australian Open on Tuesday, winning against Germany's Tatjana Maria. Serena Williams, is looking in good touch and will surely be the favorite for the title this year, as we head into the final days of the first week in Melbourne.

A topsy-turvy first set saw Bouchard break Williams twice, but the American was dominant on her opponent's serve, as she broke Bouchard in each of her service games to claim the first set by six games to two.

"They make it work".

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