2019
Venue: Flushing Meadows, Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app

made the perfect return to the after last year’s controversial final by thrashing her long-time rival Maria Sharapova.

, 37, won 6-1 6-1 in a first-round meeting which ended up lasting just 59 minutes.

Twelve months ago, called the umpire “a cheat” and “a liar” as she lost to .

But the mood was rather different as she beat the 32-year-old Russian for the 19th time in a row.

Eighth seed , who is bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and a first since returning from giving birth two years ago, broke Sharapova’s serve five times as she eased into the second round at Flushing Meadows.

“Obviously I’m going against a player who has won five Grand Slams and reached the final of even more so I knew it would be tough,” the American said.

“I was super intense and super focused because it was an incredibly tough draw.

“Whenever I come up against her I play my best .”

More to follow.

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