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Williams kicked off the Australian Open by beating German tennis pro, Tatiana Marja, in straight sets — 6-0, 6-2. Deadspin called the match a “humane butchering,” while The Daily Beast focused on Williams’ dazzling emerald green jumpsuit.
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After cruising through the match, Williams’ increased her winning record in the first round of the Australian Open to 18-0, the longest winning streak for the tourney.
The tennis star also took a few moments to console her opponent, who was very emotional after suffering such a devastating loss. Williams has been an outspoken voice for women in tennis for years, so it’s no wonder she offered a bit of sisterly comfort to Marja as they left the court.
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Previously, Williams declared allegiance to gender equality, telling the Evening Standard back in 2017, “I definitely am a feminist. I like to stick up for women and women’s rights.”
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