| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

American Serena Williams was victorious in her opening round match at the 2012 Australian Open, a 6-3, 6-2 win over Austrian Tamira Paszek. Serena advances to face Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in the second round. Her opening round match at the Open was her first real test after twisting her ankle in a match against Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski nearly two weeks ago at the Brisbane International. 

"I think I was a wee bit tight, I always get a little nervous in my first-round matches," Williams said in her post-match interview. "She made a few drop shots, and really pushed me physically. I think I needed it to assess my ankle. Last night was the first night I didn't have any pain in it. It was a very, very bad sprain ... I tore a couple ligaments."

Serena is currently on a 15-match winning streak at Melbourne Park, having won consecutive titles in 2009 and 2010 before missing last year’s tournament with an injury.