Serena Williams looks ready to contend after crisp opening win in New York

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On her 18th visit to the place where she has won six of her 23 majors, Serena Williams took a little over an hour to crush Magda Linette, the 26-year-old Pole who has earned less in her whole career than the American has in just 16 matches this comeback year alone.

If Williams can build on her 6-4, 6-0 win on a sultry night on Arthur Ashe and capitalise on the earlier shock defeat of Simona Halep in her corner of the draw, she has every chance of doubling her season’s earnings of $1.9m.

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Written by Kevin Mitchell at Flushing Meadows
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