MELBOURNE, Australia —
In the first completed men’s match Wednesday, 10th-seeded Nicolas Almagro beat fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
Williams has won five Australian titles, starting in 2003 when she completed her “Serena Slam” by adding the victory at Melbourne Park to her consecutive victories in 2002 at the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. She’s halfway to another run of four major titles.
“I’ve played this tournament with so many injuries and was able to come off pretty on top,” Williams said, rubbing her ankle as she spoke at a news conference. “I have a day to work on it. At this point it’s not a lot of time. But I’m not 18 years old where I want to sit this one out.”