She has Williams' full support.
Williams conceded only five points in racing through the first set before Maria saved face by finally getting on the board after dropping the opening nine games.
"It was a little bit odd but I understand why tournaments do that because if he doesn't come back then they want to give him a send off and show their appreciation for what he has done". Standing OVATION.' / 'Serena always stirs the fashion milkshake.' / 'Her outfits never disappoint!'
"For me, I just hope that, whatever happens, he can get back to just regular life, pain-free, and be able to enjoy himself and not be in constant pain".
"It was pretty hairy there", the 38-year-old Williams said.
"It's amusing, because in a lot of ways, I felt like I didn't have the best season (last year), like I wasn't super happy with it, but there was also moments that I was really proud of where I did do really well", she said in her news conference.
"I was having issues with my knee towards the end of previous year and I ran out of time (to play any lead-up tournaments)", she said.
In a revealing interview with Jim Courier following her victory over Eugenie Bouchard in the Australian Open second round, Williams revealed an incredible story about her trophy collection. It was an emphatic performance by Serena as she only allowed her opponent to win 2 games in the entire set.
Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova safely progressed, beating Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2.
She pulled clear of Graf's 22 by winning at Melbourne Park in 2017 while eight weeks pregnant and many already consider her the greatest of all time. And so while she did move out to that early lead, Williams credited "experience" with helping her turn things around. What would she think of his recent comments that on-court coaching should be allowed at Grand Slams in the future?
In a ruthless showing, Williams broke serve six times and cracked 20 winners - double that of Bouchard - but said it wasn't as easy as the score suggested. He understands, I understand, what we're going through.
"When I go on court tomorrow I won't think about everything".
As Bouchard tried to claw her way back into the match, she watched on helplessly as a powerful Williams groundstroke hit the net tape twice, before dribbling over, giving her no time to respond.