NEW YORK – Serena Williams did not want Maria Sharapova to make a match.
When Williams faced a breakpoint in the second set, he conjured a backhand pass that was so good, so powerful, that Sharapova had no chance to reach it. Williams watched as the ball landed, then raised a clenched left fist to the night sky.
In their first match at the US Open since losing last year in a chaotic, controversial final, Williams extended her winning streak to Sharapova on 19 games with a nearly flawless performance that saw a 6: 1, 6: 1 on Monday night. Victory brought without drama. "Every time I come across them," said Williams, "I'm just bringing out some of my best tennis players."
She did it this time, the whole thing took 59 minutes
Williams won twice as many points, 56-28, saving all five breakpoints she faced and whipping serves at up to 1
"I always said their ball somehow ends up in my strike zone, "said Williams," I do not know. It's just perfect for me. "
Few players would have had a chance against Williams as she hit deep and true balls – and certainly not diminished Sharapova, who only takes 87th place after missing out on much of this season. A bad right Shoulder that needed surgery.
"The bottom line is that I believe in my abilities," Sharapova said after the match. There are many people who can write me off, especially after you've lost 6-1, 6-1, unless you're the one who's in you, you'll be fine. "  Williams came to Flushing Meadows, where she won six titles, accompanied by questions about her back, because spasms that flared up earlier this month forced her to quit during the final of a hard-court tuning tournament and move away from another withdraw.
That did not seem to be a problem against Sharapova.
"The body is good, I feel fine," Williams said. "My back is much better, so I'm excited, it'll be fun."
One year ago, she was beaten by Naomi Osaka in straight sets in a US Open title bout following a back and forth between When Williams was asked on Monday evening what she thinks about the decision of the US Tennis Association that Ramos would not be playing a game with her older sister Venus at this year's tournament, the answer was, "I do not know, who that is . & # 39; & # 39;
Williams was as calm and calm as possible against Sharapova, seldom showing emotions with a cry of "Come on!"
Sharapova called this shot "great".
It was by far the most intriguing matchup on Day 1 of the last Grand Slam tournament of the year.
Few athletes in a sport were so popular in Germany Williams has had 23 major singles titles and Sharapova 5 over the past few decades. Both have a career Grand Slam title and take 1st place.
Although there were several other games with big players on Monday, nothing brought out the spectators as Serena Williams hailed Maria Sharapova with a Full-T roar as they walked out of the locker room into a dimly lit stadium.
When the lights came on, Williams proved to be far more prepared for primetime.
Only once before had Sharapova lost a night match in Arthur Ashe's stadium.
"I've had a lot of hard games and many hard defeats here," she told the crowd afterwards, "but getting out here tonight makes it worth everything."
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.