Australian Open: Serena Williams insists fun more important than winning

Williams moved closer to an 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open but indicated that staying calm was key to keeping her formidable performances going.

updated: January 13, 2014 19:16 IST
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Melbourne: A clinical Serena Williams swept past local hope Ashleigh Barty to get her Australian Open underway on Monday, but insisted winning wasn't her main priority and having fun was more important.

The American world number one, the overwhelming favourite to win a sixth Melbourne crown, wasted little energy in swatting aside the young Australian 6-2, 6-1 in under an hour to set up a second round clash with Serbia's Vesna Dolonc.

The demolition moved Williams one step closer to an 18th Grand Slam title, while reinforcing the 32-year-old American as the tournament favourite.

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