Serena Makes Fashion Statement in Debut Australian Open Win

Posted on January 17, 2005

Seeking to put an injury-ridden 2004 behind her, Serena Williams made a fashionable 2005 debut with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 win over Frenchwoman Camille Pin Monday at the Australian Open.

"Physically I'm feeling very good," Serena said. "I don't like to talk about (injuries) because it's like I'm doing good and I don't want to jinx myself."

Serena sustained abdominal and shoulder injuries in November 2004 in a loss to Maria Sharapova at the WTA Championships, and returned from knee surgery early in the year.

In addition to enjoying her current play, Serena enjoyed debuting another day-glo outfit featuring a strangely-overly-billowy white skirt you won't likely see in tennis clothing outlets anytime soon.

"It's so flowy and it's very sheer, very see through," Serena said of the flowy skirt. "It's so flowy that any shorter wouldn't be appropriate, so we definitely went with a longer length. I love how it just pops up and down. It's so flirty and feminine for me. I love it."

Less-fashionable Top 10-seeded winners were (2) Amelie Mauresmo (d. the Aussie Stosur), (4) Maria Sharapova (d. teen sensation Sesil "The Mouth" Karatancheva, dropping only four games), (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova (d. Kirkland 1-and-1), and (9) Vera Zvonareva (d. Liu).

"I felt pretty good on the court out there today," said Mauresmo on winning the all-injury match-up with Stosur. The Frenchwoman had a heavily-taped left thigh, while Stosur was recovering from an ab injury. "I really felt my game, right from the beginning, was consistent and I didn't let her really get into her rhythm and finish the points pretty quickly, as she loves to do."

Other seeded winners were (11) Nadia Petrova (def. Razzano), (15) Silvia Farina Elia (d. Schruff), (17) Fabiola "The Fabulous One" Zuluaga (d. Selima "So Close" Sfar), (21) Amy "Joltin' Joe" Frazier (d. American countrywoman Irvin), (22) Magdalena "Call Me Maggie" Maleeva (d. Magui "Don't Call Me Maggie" Serna), (28) Shinobu Asagoe (d. Barna), and (29) Gisela "Sgt." Dulko (d. Brandi in three).

There were four seeded upsets on the day choreographed by Martina "Nurse I Need a" Sucha (d. (16) Sugiyama), Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (d. (24) Pierce), Petra Mandula (d. (30) Flavia "Of the Day" Pennetta in three), and the hot-handed Ana Ivanovic (d. (32) Iveta "Start Practicing" Benesova 6-1 in the third).

Un-seeds into the second round were five also-ran Russians in Vera Douchevina (d. Craybas in three), Dinara "Little Sis" Safina (d. Zheng in three), Alina Jidkova (d. Ruano Pascual in three), Maria Kirilenko (d. Kapros, coming from a set down), and Evgenia Linetskaya (d. Kurhajcova), along with American Lindsay Lee-Waters (d. Gubacsi), Aussie Sophie Ferguson (d. Llagostera Vives, coming from a set down), India's Sania Mirza (d. Watson, bagel in the third), China's Na Li (d. Granville in three), Poland's Marta Domachowska (d. Li, bagel in the third), Madagascar's finest Dally Randriantefy (d. Ondraskova 1-and-1), Argentine Mariana Diaz-Oliva (d. Obata), Brit Elena Baltacha (d. Katarina "Robotnik" Srebotnik, coming from a set down), Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli (d. Schaul), German Anna-Lena Groenefeld (d. Beltrame), and Czech Denisa "Hanging" Chladkova (d. Talaja).

Russian women combined for a 9-0 win-loss record on Monday in Melbourne.

On court today in are (10) Molik vs. Anabel "Funky Cold" Medina Garrigues, (1) Davenport vs. Martinez in a battle of slam champs, (3) Myskina vs. Peschke, Daniilidou vs. (8) Venus, Pratt vs. (23) Jankovic, (26) Hantuchova vs. Morigami, Bondarenko vs. (6) Dementieva, Adamczak vs. Karolina "The Spreminator" Sprem, Cervanova vs. (20) Tatiana "Hot Pants" Golovin, Vento-Kabchi vs. teen sensation Nicole Vaidisova, Rousseau vs. Perebiynis, Weingartner vs. Garbin, Haynes vs. Nakamura, Barbara "Do I Look Like I Give a" Schett vs. Welford, Strycova vs. Tanasugarn, Foretz vs. Michaella "Little Sis" Krajicek, Dell'Acqua vs. (31) Kostanic, Dominikovic vs. Santangelo, Tu vs. Klara "Kouky" Koukalova, Pastikova vs. Anne "Kosmo" Kremer, Ant. Serra Zanetti vs. Tatiana "The Pocket Baseliner" Panova, Chakvetadze vs. Parra Santonja, Shaughnessy vs. Spears in an all-American, (19) Dechy vs. Gagliardi, (18) Likhovtseva vs. Mamic, Loit vs. Obziler, Marrero vs. (14) Schiavone, (12) Schnyder vs. Fedak, Yakimova vs. (25) Raymond, Peng vs. Camerin, Castano vs. Mashona "Little Sis" Washington, and (27) Smashnova vs. Sanchez Lorenzo.