Venus Williams' younger sister, Serena Williams, had no issues on Monday, dispatching Anastasia Potapova in a 58-minute straight set win. The seven-time Australian Open singles champion said she was happy to see no smoke on Monday, after the bad air of last week.
“Today, it seemed normal,” Williams said after her first-round victory. “Yeah, it seemed pretty good.”
Native Californian Sam Querrey scored a straight-set win over No. 25-seeded Borna Coric outside before showers arrived on Monday. The Croatian Coric joked that he wished he could have blamed poor air quality for his performance on Monday.
“To be honest, I didn't feel any difference. I can understand some players do feel it, and I respect that. For me,” he said, “I was more bothered by my forehand and my serve than with the air quality.”
In another notable action on Monday, Caroline Wozniacki won the first match of her final pro tournament.