Australian Open 2017: Monday Results, Highlights, Scores Recap from Melbourne

Tricia Pearson
January 18, 2017

Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are set to begin quests for their seventh Australian Open titles on Tuesday at Melbourne Park under sunny skies and temperatures not quite as high as forecast.

"Now it's a new tournament again and we are starting from zero and everybody is here again to play their best tennis".

"I have to talk about this every interview", Venus said, citing battles with Navratilova and Graf.

"I'm very pleased with the first round, considering I had one of the toughest first-round draws, definitely considering his form", Djokovic said. "He's a big match, big-time player".

Williams is concentrating on her first-round match against Belinda Bencic, who was seeded 12th here previous year and who beat her in Toronto in 2015.

"I think it's always good to have a match like this in the first few rounds", Kerber said.

"It's just a number before my name". They are second up on Rod Laver Arena, following the Stefanie Voegele/Venus Williams contest.

It went with serve until the composed seven-time Grand Slam champion seized her opportunity in the fourth game, capitalising on errors to break and go 3-1 in front. "It's a dream. A lot has happened in the a year ago, but I'm just enjoying playing and getting better each day". Williams finished her 2016 after the U.S. Open, resting injuries.

It was still before midnight Monday in the United States, where the holiday in honour of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was almost ending.

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At 35, the 22-times major victor says she'll continue to free-roll in her quest to catch Margaret Court's all-time record 22 grand slam singles titles.

Serena Williams is looking forward to saying "I do!"

It looked like it was only delaying the inevitable but Kerber lost focus and failed to convert a match point in the 10th game, with the determined Tsurenko pouncing to break back and level the set at 5-5.

That's where Federer made his return from six months out to give his injured left knee time to heal.

"I've never won here - I'm going to try to change that this year", he said.

On the men's side, fifth-ranked Kei Nishikori reached the third round with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Jeremy Chardy.

Heather Watson downed home favourite Sam Stosur to advance in the Melbourne heat, leaving the Australian in the dust with a final-set bagel to take the victory.

Williams has a 1-1 head-to-head record against the 19-year-old Swiss.

Angelique Kerber, who is defending a major title and is also the No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam for the first time, had some nervous moments in her 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Lesia Tsurenko.

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