The bedrock of our sport was nowhere to be found as Serena Williams defeated Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-3 in the opening round of Australian Open 2017 on Tuesday.
Williams blasted 30 winners, paying total disregard to the age-old mantra of building the point with shot tolerance, and making your opponent hit one more ball.
Williams simply didn't want Bencic to hit the ball at all.
There were 117 points in the match, and very few conformed to the traditional back-and-forth chess match built upon putting the ball in the court first, and then outworking your opponent.
More than 80 per cent of total points in the match had a maximum of just two shots for each player, as Williams and Bencic played their own version of blast winners first, and ask questions later.