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  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Chung Hyeon of South Korea during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (AAP)Source: AAP
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By
Christophe Mallet, Dario Castaldo

18 Jan 2016 - 11:49 PM  UPDATED 21 Jan 2016 - 8:11 PM

 

On Day 1 of the 2016 Australian Open, the defending champion Serena Williams defeated Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4 7-5.

The 34 year old American, who hadn’t played an official match in 4 months, said she needed to spend some time off the court.

Australia’s Daria Gavrilova also won her first round match against Lucie Hradecka, defeating the Czech veteran 7-6 6-4.

The former junior world number 1 admitted she had to fight off her opponent as well the tension.

The Moscow native, who’s representing Australia for the first time in a major tournament, will next face another Czech, the number 6 seed Petra Kvitova.

In the men’s draw, world number one Novak Djokovic began his title defense with a comfortable win over Hyeon Chung from South Korea.

The Serbian had his say over the alleged match fixing scandal, which casted a shadow over the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

 
Roger Federer, Nick Kyrgios and Maria Sharapova also progressed to the second round with convincing straight set victories.
 
Elsewhere, 18 year old Australian Omar Jasika recorded his first ever win in a Grand Slam main draw, edging Ukraine’s Ilya Marchenko in 4 sets.
 
Later in the night, Sam Stosur suffered another upset at Melbourne Park. Australia’s female number 1 lost 6-4 7-6 against world number 114 Kristyna Pliskova and was not happy with her performance.