Williams sisters, Dementieva advance

Updated: January 20, 2009, 1:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams, trying to maintain her record of winning the Australian Open every alternate year since 2003, won her first-round match at Melbourne Park.

Williams beat Chinese wild card Yuan Meng 6-3, 6-2 in 75 minutes Tuesday at Rod Laver Arena. Due to the searing early-afternoon temperatures -- as high as 104 degrees -- officials invoked part of the extreme heat policy that allows players to wear ice vests in the changeovers and to take a 10-minute break at the ...

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