Serena Williams Debuts and Prepares for Round Two
Williams hadn’t played a match since US Open and the first-round match was a close encounter with Williams battling Parmentier and the wind, before triumphing 6-3 6-4. She moves into the second round and is scheduled to play in the day session on Wednesday against fellow American Madison Brengle.
35-year-old Williams told journalists Tuesday that she her goal is to win Grand Slams in 2017 and the first step to winning the majors is winning tournaments like the ASB Classic.
"Unfortunately I have the highest of goals and obviously that involves winning Grand Slams and that's all. It's basically all I want to do, but you have to win tournaments like this, or do well in them, to win Grand Slams, so these events really count," said Williams.
New Zealand wildcard Jade Lewis was tied 2 – 2 in the first set against second seed Venus Williams before play was abandoned due to rain. She is scheduled to open play on Wednesday on Centre Court.
Third seed and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki is scheduled to face American Varvara Lepchenko on Wednesday night’s session. She started her season in menacing form against American Nicole Gibbs 6-1 6-0 on Tuesday. The 26-year-old is back playing in tournaments after nearly three months off but pulled off the most impressive performance. She had a strong end to 2016 and came into the tournament as the third seed and world no. 19.
"I served really well. I was pleased with that, so it was a really good start for me. You have to start up again but I know I was playing well at the end of the year so that gave me confidence going into the off season and made it much more fun to practice and get ready for this year."
New Zealand number Marina Erakovic was disappointed to go down to teenager Jelena Ostapenko 6-1 6-2. Erakovic got to the semi-final of the ASB Classic in 2008 and had set high expectations for herself in the 2017 tournament. The tournament isn’t over for Erakovic, who returns in the doubles and teams up with former British number one Laura Robson.