Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams beats Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic

Melbourne, Jan 17 (IANS) Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams progressed to the second round of the Australian Open 2017 with a straight-set win over Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic on Tuesday.

The American, 35, won 6-4 6-3 in one hour and 19 minutes against the 19-year-old in Melbourne, BBC Sport reported.

The world number two, who is chasing a record 23rd singles Grand Slam title, said she “has nothing to lose”.

“Every match I’m playing for fun. I get to travel the world and do what I do best – play tennis,” she added.

Williams will face Lucie Safarova in the second round after the 29-year-old Czech beat Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-1.

–IANS

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