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Serena Williams began her quest for a 23rd Grand Slam title in style Tuesday, overcoming the threat from Swiss star Belinda Bencic to power into the Australian Open second round. The American great, who lost the top ranking to Angelique Kerber last year, blitzed the unseeded 19-year-old 6-4, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena in scorching temperatures as she hunts down a seventh Melbourne Park crown. "She is a great player, recently rated in the top 10, it really was one of the toughest first round matches I have ever played," Williams said of Bencic.
A shooting erupted during an electronic music festival at a Mexican beach resort, leaving five people dead, including one in a stampede as revelers fled in panic. Fifteen other people were injured in the melee after a gunman opened fire on security guards preventing him from entering the Blue Parrot nightclub during the BPM festival in Playa del Carmen, the Quintana Roo state prosecutor's office said in a statement. Mexican authorities confirmed that an American citizen was among the dead, the US embassy in Mexico announced on Twitter.