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Last Updated: Monday, 14 January 2008, 01:54 GMT
Williams-Gajdosova as it happened
Australian Open, Melbourne

Women's first round result

S WILLIAMS (US) v J GAJDOSOVA (Aus)

6-3 6-3

ALL THE ACTION

By Chris Bevan

0130: Good stuff from Serena. Nothing wrong with being given a bit of a test in the early stages - I am sure she will get better and better as this tournament goes on.

I will be back after the Justin Henin v Aiko Nakamura match to take you through Andy Murray first-round showdown with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. That could be fairly soon, depending on Henin of course. Try to stay awake!

Williams 6-3 6-3 Gajdosova
It's all over - the defending champion Williams breaks to love and is into the second round. Oh dear, not the way Gajdosova would have wanted to end it after a battling display.

Williams 6-3 5-3 Gajdosova
Four more huge serves by Williams and she is on the brink of victory. Not much Gajdosova could do about that.

Williams 6-3 4-3 Gajdosova
Some aggressive play by Gajdosova keeps her in this match. A clenched fist or three to celebrate her winners show what it means to her too.

"Hurry up for Serena. I have a biology test in the morning and would like an hour or two's sleep after Murray"
Jake on text 81111

Williams 6-3 4-2 Gajdosova
Williams is not in top gear but she has still got enough about her to hold her serve and keep her nose ahead.

Williams 6-3 3-2 Gajdosova
Gajdosova is not giving up though and this is a gutsy show in front of her adopted home crowd. Williams has been something to think about, if nothing else.

Bad news from Court Seven - Jamie Baker has lost the first set 6-4 against Croatian 20th seed Ivo Karlovic.

"it was unfortunate for Baker, he has been holding his own. He had held his serve quite comfortably in the first set apart from the decisive 10th game."
BBC Radio Five Live's Jonathan Overend in Melbourne

Williams 6-3 3-1 Gajdosova
Blink and you have missed it. Williams holds her serve with ease and she is moving within sight of the second round.

Williams 6-3 2-1 Gajdosova
Did I say that the Williams serve was the only difference between the players? Not in this game - too many errors by Gajdosova let Williams in for her first break of the second set.

"Finishin work at 2am, don't know whether to go to bed or stay up for the Murray match. Any word on Jamie Baker? Has he started yet!"
Richard on text 81111

I'd stay up if I were you Richard. The other British player - apart from Andy Murray - in the men's singles, Jamie Baker, is serving at 5-4 down in the first set against the big-serving Ivo Karlovic. I'll keep you posted on that one.

Williams 6-3 1-1 Gajdosova
If Williams was expecting a breeze she was wrong. The champion has to battle to save a break point and her big serve is the only difference between the two players right now.

"Forget Serena's booming serve - I have 3,000 words on 'narrative restitution in The Lion, The witch and the Wardrobe' to write in 9 hours!"
Iain on text 81111

Good luck with that Iain. I'm quite glad I'm concentrating on Serena's serve to be honest!

Williams 6-3 0-1 Gajdosova
Gajdosova is not giving up yet though and a thunderous backhand down the line gives her the opening game of the second set.

By the way, once this match is over and done with, top seed Justine Henin is next up on the Rod Laver arena - taking on Japan's Aiko Nakamura. Then, of course, we've got our very own Andy Murray who begins his challenge against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Difficult to give an exact time when the super Scot will be out on court - but around 0300 GMT is my guess. You will be able to watch the Murray match on BBCi using your red button and UK users can see the action on the BBC Sport website too.

Williams 6-3 Gajdosova
That's the first set. The Williams serve is finding its groove and although Gajdosova is finding the corners of the court with some of her returns, she is not always getting her racquet to the ball - something of a problem that.

Williams 5-3 Gajdosova
Another herculean effort by Gajdosova but she is broken again and that could have cost her this first set. The plucky wildcard is covering the court well and getting back most of what is thrown at her but Williams is finding her range with her booming groundstrokes - and when they are hit, they stay hit.

The 606 boards may be closed - thanks to those who reminded me! - but don't let that stop you from getting in touch...text me on 81111 with the word TENNIS before your comment - don't be shy!

Williams 4-3 Gajdosova
Williams has got a fight on her hands and she knows it - a couple of shouts of 'c'mon!' show she knows she's got to put the effort in too. Gajdosova isn't budging though and forces a couple of deuces before Williams finally holds out.

Williams 3-3 Gajdosova
The most important thing after you've broken your opponent is not to be broken straight back. So how does Gajdosova fare? Very well actually - and an ace brings her level.

Williams 3-2 Gajdosova
Interesting, very interesting. Some excellent stuff by Gajdosova from the baseline and suddenly it is Williams looking rocky. Her Australian opponent breaks back to love - maybe she has just taken a while to get used to the bright blue courts?

Williams 3-1 Gajdosova
Gajdosova is still making errors galore but she digs in to hold her serve and she is off the mark at last.

Williams 3-0 Gajdosova
A booming Williams serve gives her a first ace of the Australian Open - plenty of more of them to follow too I think. Emphatic stuff from the seventh seed and Gajdosova is going to have to work hard if she is not going to be blown away.

Williams 2-0 Gajdosova
Gajdosova is certainly having a go - she doesn't lack aggression. Two successive double-faults hand Williams the game though, for the first break of the match. I fear there could be a few more of those to follow.

Williams 1-0 Gajdosova
A solid start from the champion. She holds her serve with ease against Gajdosova who will have do better than that if she is going to threaten.

1220: Williams to serve first.

1217: So what do we know about Gajdosova then? Only that she is 20, played for Slovakia as a junior - but now lives in Sydney as a fully-fledged Aussie.

1212: Williams and Gajdosova are out on those brand-spanking-new blue courts at the Rod Laver Arena and warming up. Williams looks in good shape - she will be hoping 2008 is a lot better for her than 2007 was in terms of injuries.

1205: It's a beautiful day in Melbourne - it's a not so beautiful night in Shepherds Bush. Don't leave me all on my lonesome - let me know your thoughts on the action by texting 81111 with the word TENNIS before your comment.

2355: Hello there. The first shots of the Australian Open are about to be hit in anger - by defending women's champion Serena Williams and her first round opponent Jarmila Gajdosova. Will the first Grand Slam of 2008 begin with a shock? You can find out here.



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