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Serena Williams opens Australian Open play with straight-set victory

Serena Williams opens Australian Open play with straight-set victory

Serena Williams is choosing her moments carefully. Deep contemplation on her recent engagement, she says, can wait until after the Australian Open. 

Equality? The time to make a statement is now. 

After starting her quest for a record 23rd Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 6-3 first-round win over Belinda Bencic on Tuesday, Williams walked into her news conferencing wearing a black shirt with the word “Equality” printed across the front. 

It was still before midnight Monday in the United States, near the end of the federal holiday in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. 

“With today being Martin Luther King Day, it's important to...

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