US Open: Serena Williams opens title defence in emphatic fashion

Last Updated: 27/08/13 2:03pm

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Serena Williams celebrates a point during her US Open first-round clash against Francesca Schiavone

Serena Williams celebrates a point during her US Open first-round clash against Francesca Schiavone

Defending champion Serena Williams powered into the second round of the US Open after a convincing rout of Francesca Schiavone.

The world No 1 needed just an hour to thump the former French Open champion 6-0 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

And Williams, who is chasing her 17th Grand Slam title and fifth US Open crown, was delighted with her performance.

The 31-year-old, who now takes on faces Galina Voskoboeva, said: "I'm really excited.

"I knew playing a former Grand Slam champion the first round was a tough draw so I just tried to be super serious.

"In this sport you never know what can happen. That's why you have to enjoy every moment, enjoy every win."

Fellow seeds Angelique Kerber and Jelena Jankovic also recorded comprehensive wins.

Kerber, the No 8 seed, was simply too strong for Lucie Hradecka as she raced to a 6-1 6-1 victory over the, Czech Republic player.

Ninth-seeded Jankovic saw off Madison Keys 6-3 6-4.

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