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Williams trounces Sharapova in 59 minutes

(CNN)The last time Serena Williams had played at Arthur Ashe Stadium -- a dramatic loss to Naomi Osaka in the 2018 US Open final -- it led her to start seeing a therapist and kept her from wanting to pick up a tennis racket.It's a story that's been retold often: A year ago, a then-20-year-old Naomi Osaka had prevailed against her idol 6-2, 6-4 in New York to win her first major, but it was overshadowed by controversy. Serena Williams clashed with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, culminating when he docked her a game for calling him a "thief." After the match, while Osaka accepted the trophy, boos rang around Arthur Ashe Stadium. Osaka wept.The mood Monday felt much different.A laser-focused Serena Williams entered the stadium to roars from the c ...