The first point may as well have been the last.

After 15 wins in a row over an opponent, there's no need to go out and impose yourself on the very first point of the next contest.

Try telling Serena Williams that.

Maria Sharapova would have taken a first serve on her very first point of the 2015 Australian Open final, if offered to her in the warm up. As someone who has struggled to put the ball in play throughout her career, Sharapova knew she was going to have to serve something special.

And off to a good start, she was, landing her first serve after winning the toss.

The response, however, was a blinding down-the-line backhand from Williams, who then approached the net as Sharapova was forced into a backhand error.

The contest was not as purely dominating, but Williams had the upper-hand for most of it - despite showing severe signs of the bug that has been following her for much of the fortnight.

The rain delay in the sixth game of the first set saw Williams leave the court, and return spluttering.

Once play re-started, however, there was no sign of her ill health - only multiple signs of her stellar form.

To use basketball terminology, she went on 6-0 and 10-0 runs in points on two separate occasions towards the end of the first set/beginning of the second.

She was hitting aces as if slotting free throws - unopposed, and with consummate precision.

Williams would finish the tournament with 88 of them. That was just shy of 10 per cent of the total in the women's draw, despite her making up less than one per cent of it.

But 10 times better she really is.

Nineteen majors, six Australian Opens, and no sign of relinquishing the world number one ranking at age 33, Williams is not so much a player as a powerhouse.

She showed as much on point one. It may well have been match point.