The last and only time Serena Williams went out in the second round down at Melbourne Park was in fact during her first appearance in 1998 losing to sister Venus.
There was no danger of that today in Melbourne but big credit to her opponent Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia for a tough ride for the seven time former champion.
At the end of the match there was no celebration from Serena as she pummelled a forehand cross court against the 22 year old.
Just a usual wave to the crowd and a fist pump from Serena.
6-2 6-3 suggests a straight forward result but it was anything but for the American. In the first set in particular I thought that Serena played well but Zidansek did well competing on the American’s game.
The second set was where it got tougher. Twice in a row the Slovenian fought back from 0-40 on serve and then in the sixth game of the set really went for it.
Not many of Serena’s service games last over 10 minutes but the Slovenian was super relentless and didn’t let Serena settle.
Serena wasn’t completely at her best, her serve had some issues and her forehand did break down to the surprise that the 22 year old didn’t try and go for it sooner.
Serena however once she survived that sixth game at 2-3 went onto win four games in a row in the end smashing a forehand return winning on match point to book her place in round three.