Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 17/1/17 Serena Williams of the U.S. hits a shot during her Women's singles first round match against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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Two matches in four months, a dodgy knee and a sweltering day had doubts swirling around Serena Williams as she took centre court for her first round match against talented Swiss Belinda Bencic at the Australian Open Tuesday.Bencic trailed 3-1 within minutes of a match that started in oppressive heat Tuesday but battled back to 4-4 in the first set before Williams changed the game with a single shot.Safarova, a former world number five and French Open finalist, might present a tough test in the second round but after the way she brushed Bencic aside few would bet against Williams ploughing on to the second week.Williams revealed in her post-match media conference that she had been devastated to learn of British singer George Michael's death in December.
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