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Yarra Valley Classic: Serena Williams off to easy start in Australian Open

Serena Williams begun her 2021 campaign with a comfortable win over Daria Gavrilova at the WTA’s Yarra Valley Classic Australian Open warm-up tournament.

Serena, 39, has not featured since her withdrawal from the French Open before the second round, ending her 2020 campaign.

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The veteran who is up for her long quest for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam win at the Australian Open,  recorded a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 win over Daria Gavrilova.

Speaking after the match, Serena Williams said:

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It feels good to be back here.

I FELT I WAS DEFINITELY COMPOSED AND IN A ZONE AND TRYING TO DO THE THINGS I’VE BEEN WORKING IN

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It was a good match for me. It wasn’t easy at all. It was lots of rallies and lots of movement, and she’s from here, so she obviously always plays hard.

So it was really good and it felt good to clinch that in the end.

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Elsewhere, Cech tennis star Karolina Pliskova defeated Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-3, 6-2 to set up a meeting with Danielle Collins, who overcame Nina Stojanovic 6-2, 6-1.

Vera Zvonareva defeated Pliskova’s twin sister Kristyna 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, while Marketa Vondrousova beat Varvara Gracheva 6-4, 6-0.

Also, Pironkova saw off Donna Vekic 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 with Alison van Uytvanck winning 6-2, 6-0 win over Hsieh Su-wei and there were straight-sets wins for Nadia Podoroska, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Camila Giorgi and Greetje Minnen.

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