Top seed Justine Henin started the '08 Grand Slam season the way she ended last year's - with a victory; this time with a two-set win over Aiko Nakamura of Japan, reports AP. Defending champion Serena Williams, sporting bright fuchsia on this day, took to the new blue Plexicushion surface at Rod Laver Arena and coasted to a 6-3, 6-3 victory.
"I just got right back into the swing of things," said the always colorful Williams. Other top women's winners were Maria Sharapova (No. 5) and Jelena Jankovic (No. 3). New mom Lindsay Davenport also advanced, improving to 19-1 since returning from her pregnancy. Men's No. 2 Rafael Nadal was victorious while ninth-seeded Andy Murray was tripped up in four sets.