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Serena Williams cruises into second round at Aussie Open, seeks 18th grand slam

Serena Williams after her first-round win against Australia's Ashleigh Barty.
Serena Williams after her first-round win against Australia's Ashleigh Barty.Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Pretty in pink, world No. 1 Serena Williams made quick work of her first-round opponent Monday at the Australian Open, dispatching Australian Ashleigh Barty in 57 minutes with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

Serena's win comes in stark contrast to sister Venus who fell to her first-round opponent, Ekaterina Makarova, early Monday.

Serena is in search of her 18th grand slam title—a win that would tie the records of tennis legends Chris Everett and Martina Navratilova. The top-ranked player hasn't won the title at Melbourne Park since 2010. Another victory would be her sixth Aussie open championship.

Williams zipped through the first set of the match with aggressive hitting, sharp volleys and gentle drop shots. The set was over in 31 minutes. In the opening game of the second set, Serena took the early break and continued to steamroll her opponent.

With a total of six aces and 31 winners, Williams cruised to the second round where she will face Serbia's Vesna Dolonc as she continues her quest for an 18th major title.

"I'm just a girl with a racket and a dream, and I'm chasing that," Williams told ESPN during an interview prior to Monday's match.

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