SERENA WILLIAMS WITHSTANDS CAMILA GIORGI TO WIN MELBOURNE OPENER

MELBOURNE, Australia — It’s not often that the most dominant player in the world enters a major event with as many question marks as Serena Williams carried into this year’s Australian Open.

But after a four-month layoff following the US Open, Williams suppressed some of those doubts with a tight 6-4, 7-5 win over Camila Giorgi on Sunday in the opening round at Oz.

Williams started the match sharply, taking a two-break, opening-set lead over Giorgi, but the Italian picked up her intensity, which set the tone for the rest of the match.

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