Serena Williams

Serena Williams took down Maria Sharapova (6-1, 6-1) in an opening night blockbuster match at the U.S. Open on Monday. Williams is now 20-2 in their WTA Tour matchups.

Both were undefeated in their first-round matches at the U.S. Open heading into Monday's star-studded meetup.

"Every time I come up against her,'' Williams said, "I just bring out some of my best tennis.''

Their match lasted only 59 minutes.

Williams lost last year's controversial final to Naomi Osaka (6-2, 6-4). The 37-year-old Williams is seeking her 24th Grand Slam singles trophy, and she'll face Caty McNally in the second round.

Sharapova is a five-time major champion.

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