Last year finalist, Serena Williams began her US Open 2019 campaign with an easy win over Maria Sharapova to advance to the second round.
Williams, 37, won 6-1 6-1 in a first-round meeting which ended up lasting just 59 minutes.
Eighth seed Williams, who is bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, broke Sharapova’s serve five times as she eased past the first round.
The meeting of both players – biggest names in the sport – had been the biggest talk since after the draw last Thursday.
“That winner at 3-1 in the second set was a big point for me. She’s the type of player who can get momentum so I was really excited I could get the winner,” Williams said after victory.
“Obviously, I’m going against a player who has won five Grand Slams and reached the final of even more so I knew it would be tough.
“I was super intense and super focused because it was an incredibly tough draw.
“Whenever I come up against her I play my best tennis.”
Serena will go into a second-round meeting with fellow American Catherine McNally.
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