This match against Buzarnescu, a 30-year-old Romanian who earned a Ph.D. degree in sports science while taking an injury-forced sabbatical from tennis, had plenty of ups and downs for Williams, much like her recent record.
"It was weird walking out here on my own this time".
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Another added: "Good lord I am actually in tears. It's exciting to get back".
At Melbourne Park, she's now on an eight-match winning streak.
Williams matched it with fishnet stockings, which she explained were a health measure created to avoid deep-vein thrombosis (DVT).
Seen as a new standard bearer for tennis in her homeland, Asia and the next generation of women, the 21-year-old said she would not be getting ahead of herself.
A ruthless Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in a clinical first-round thumping of wildcard James Duckworth at the Australian Open on Monday.
The former world number one whipped the terraces into a frenzy as he pushed the match into a deciding fifth set, then left fans with hope he might eventually produce an Australian encore.
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. It's not very often you get to play Roger on obviously a pretty big court, I'm guessing.
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Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov dropped the opening set tamely but regained his composure to power past unseeded Janko Tipsarevic 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-4.
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But, there was no stopping Williams as she charged towards an eighth Australian Open title, with either Eugenie Bouchard or Peng Shuai awaiting in the second round.
"Obviously that moment, I was emotional at that moment". "Thanks for the love, anyway".
The brutality of Williams' groundstrokes was on display, as illustrated when she cranked a clean forehand victor to break Maria's serve in the second game of the match, while her play at the net was sublime.
Only three tennis players have returned after childbirth to win a grand slam: Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong in the 1970s, and Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open.
"I was having issues with my knee at the end of the year [and] ran out of time to be ready for Brisbane - wanted to be 100 percent for here, " she said of her recent lack of competitive matches.
"Just now, like, going to walk my dogs, playing football with my friends, is like the worst thing I can think of doing".
Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson fired 14 aces and 47 winners to blast past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1. No. 12 Elise Mertens and No. 21 Qiang Wang also advanced.
South Korea's Chung Hyeon, a giantkiller past year when he beat Zverev and Djokovic on the way to the semi-finals, demonstrated his fighting qualities again, coming from two sets down to beat American Bradley Klahn. At 21, he became the youngest victor of the event since Djokovic in 2008 and the first German champion since Boris Becker in 1995.
"He was playing fantastic tennis, " Nishikori said. "I don't know. I don't know what it will be, but I have tried my best".