WTA Number One Top seed Serena Williams storms into Australian Open second round

Top seed Serena Williams moved into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday with a comfortable victory over Alison Van Uytvanck.

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Top seed Serena Williams moved into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday with a comfortable victory over Alison Van Uytvanck.

Having previously lamented her preparation for the first grand slam of the season, the five-time champion crushed her Belgian opponent 6-0 6-4.

Williams played like a woman possessed in the first set on Margaret Court Arena, posting a 100 per cent success rate on her first serve.

The hard-hitting American threatened to claim a double bagel after racing through that opener to love, but while Van Uytvanck lifted her game to salvage some pride in a more evenly contested second set, Williams still wrapped up the match in just 61 minutes.

Russian Vera Zvonareva is next up in round two.

Williams is the favourite to win her first grand slam title Down Under since 2010, but the 33-year-old's form at the Hopman Cup in Perth, where she lost two of her four singles matches, did little to suggest she can add to her 18 grand slam titles.

The American, though, went about dispelling any concerns with a relentless display against the 20-year-old in their first meeting.

Fans at the new-and-improved Margaret Court Arena barely had a chance to get comfortable as Williams wrapped up the opening set in just 21 minutes.

Van Uytvanck - winner at the Taipei Ladies Open in 2013 - had no answer after dropping serve in the second game, with Williams breaking on a further two occasions.

There was some short-lived success for Van Uytvanck early in the second set, as she held serve in the second game to avoid a dreaded double bagel.

To her credit, she continued to take it to Williams as unforced errors slowly crept into the top seed's game.

Williams tallied up 13 unforced errors in the second set, but she was not to be denied, claiming the only break of serve in the 10th game to secure her passage into the next round.

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