French Open – Serena smashes Tatishvili in Paris opener
Top seed Serena Williams beat Anna Tatishvili 6-0 6-1 on Sunday to emphatically book her place in the second round of the French Open and avoid last year’s embarrassment of an opening-round exit.
Highlights of Serena Williams’s 6-0 6-1 first-round win over Anna Tatishvili at the French Open.
The American, whose only singles title at Roland Garros came in 2002, entered the tournament on a 24-match winning streak and showed no signs of taking her foot off the gas as she steamrollered the 83rd-ranked Georgian in 51 minutes.
Williams, chasing a 16th grand slam title, looked ominously athletic as she wrapped up victory in an unseasonably chilly Paris, putting to bed the memory of her only first round loss at a grand slam, last year’s exit to France’s Virgine Razzano.
After her opponent sent a forehand wide on match point, she waved to all four sides of the stadium before embarking on the greater test of conducting the courtside interview in French.
“I am very happy, this year I am playing very well, but you never know,” the 31-year-old said.
Former champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia survived a second-set collapse to beat Croatian Petra Martic 6-1 3-6 6-3.
Serbian 14th seed Ivanovic, who lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 2008, breezed through the opening set but dropped serve in the fourth game of the second on a chilly Parisian morning.
Martic levelled the tie with a smash, only for the world number 107 to collapse early in the decider on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Ivanovic showed signs of nerves too as she closed in on victory, losing three games in a row and wasting four match points.
She prevailed on the fifth occasion, though, when Martic sent a backhand long after one hour 50 minutes.
Next up for Ivanovic is either France’s Mathilde Johansson or South African Chanelle Scheepers.
Hlts: Ivanovic beat Martic
Highlights of Ana Ivanovic’s 6-1 3-6 6-3 first-round win over Petra Martic at the French Open.
Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) beat 11-Nadia Petrova (Russia) 3-6 7-5 6-4
Caroline Garcia (France) beat Yuliya Beygelzimer (Ukraine) 6-3 6-4
Mallory Burdette (U.S.) beat Donna Vekic (Croatia) 6-3 6-4
Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) beat Ayumi Morita (Japan) 6-2 6-3
1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Anna Tatishvili (Georgia) 6-0 6-1
19-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4
14-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat Petra Martic (Croatia) 6-1 3-6 6-3
Petra Cetkovska (Czech Republic) beat Olga Puchkova (Russia) 6-0 6-2
5-Sara Errani (Italy) beat Arantxa Rus (Netherlands) 6-1 6-2