Eugenie Bouchard wins to set up Aussie Open clash with Serena Williams

Eugenie Bouchard wins to set up Aussie Open clash with Serena Williams

Murray announced this will be his final season last week after struggling with a hip injury for several years, expressing his intention to retire after Wimbledon.

"I've pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads".

At the Australian Open on Monday night, the tennis legend didn't disappoint, debuting an incredible new look: a mint-green Nike leotard-type number with fishnet tights. Thousands more, as this tweet points out, than a world-renowned tennis player.

The result extended Williams' winning streak in Melbourne to eight matches following her title in 2017, and she said: "I think the last time I was here I was pregnant and playing, which is insane, so it's kind of weird walking back on - by myself this time.

I mean, I don't want to talk about it too much and put her on too much of a pedestal because I have to play her in two days, but I love her", said Bouchard, whose own comeback has caught the eye of Williams. If you are not attracted by her pattern of play then it could be her outfit which could appear tantalizing to others and irritable to some.

She said: "I'm super excited".

Britain's Katie Boulter, meanwhile, created a slice of history by becoming the first woman to win in a third set tiebreak -- a new rule introduced to the Open this year, beating Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (10/6).

"I would like my daughters to come and watch me play a tennis match, hopefully understand what's happening before I finish", he said.

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Serena Willams's long-awaited return to the Australian Open may have lacked the drama of her most recent appearance at a major but she produced a powerful enough display to suggest an eighth singles title at Melbourne Park is not out of the question.

Williams made headlines previous year when she hit the court for the French Open in a skintight black catsuit, marking her first tournament since giving birth to baby daughter Alexis Olympia.

"Maybe I'll see you again", Murray said to the crowd.

"I know that I'm not the same player as I was".

Andy Murray feels he should have done better in his career despite the plethora of tributes that have poured in for the three-time grand slam champion with his retirement on the horizon. I've been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now.

Japan's Osaka, seeded four, wasted little time in dispatching Poland's Magda Linette 6-4, 6-2 and will next play Tamara Zidansek of Slovakia.

Murray would not go quietly, however, and he broke back in the third set before sealing the tiebreak by slapping a volley down the line.

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