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Sam Smith reveals her expectations of Serena Williams at Australian Open

Sam Smith reveals her expectations of Serena Williams at Australian Open

The 23-time Grand Slam victor is just one major tournament title off Margaret Court's all-time record.

World famous USA tennis player Serena Williams beat her German opponent Tatjana Maria 6-0 and 6-2 to advance to the second round in the Australian Open on Tuesday. The American will next play the victor of the match between Peng Shuai and Eugenie Bouchard. We saw Serena don a catsuit on her return to the court at Roland Garros after a maternity break. Well, it's a long list.

"So it's just so cool that I'll be able to share the court with her and an opportunity to see how I compare to one of the best players".

"She was losing. I went fast to my room and I took my tennis racquet, I went back to the living room and I made the imitations when she was hitting the balls".

"So she's ready. She's ready to compete and when Serena's ready to compete, she's ready to win".

"It wasn't an easy match tonight - Genie has been to the finals at Wimbledon", Williams said.

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Seven time Australian Open victor, Williams, 37, didn't face any trouble during the game against Maria as Williams booked her place for the next round in the tournament.

When asked what she knows about her third-round opponent, 18-year-old Ukranian Dayana Yastremska, who upset No. 23 Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round, Williams said only, "It's Patrick's [Mouratoglou, her coach] job to tell me more about her". During the 2014 season, she made the semifinal at the Australian and French Opens and the final at Wimbledon. Bidding for an eighth Melbourne Park crown, few are betting against Williams despite her lowly seeding and she next faces Canadian Eugenie Bouchard who eased past China's Peng Shuai.

French Open finalist Dominic Thiem went the distance against Benoit Paire before wrapping up a 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 1-6, 6-3 win just after 2 a.m.

"I always wanted to be like her".

The younger Williams sister has no interest in that sort of comparison now. I think it gives me too much negative expectations.

"When I have a tougher round or I know someone is really good, I really want to be focused, and then that was really helpful for me today".

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