Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Serena Williams gets back to business at French Open

Serena Williams gets back to business at French Open Serena Williams gets back to business at French Open
Sergio Cook | 29 May, 2018, 17:11

Should she get through the first couple of rounds, Serena appears to have been handed a good draw, although may have a potential last-16 clash with Kristyna Pliskova's sister and sixth seed Karolina, who reached the semi-finals previous year.

Williams will play her first Grand Slam for more than 15 months at the French Open after having her daughter, Alexis Olympia.

Play has resumed at the French Open after a suspension due to rain of about an hour.

Two-time Grand Slam victor Garbine Muguruza is back to winning ways at the French Open after beating Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, another former Roland Garros champion. Former world number one Williams, a three-time champion in Paris, is playing a Grand Slam for the first time since winning the Australian Open in 2017.

"If that happens, it will be the best match for quarterfinals", Muguruza said.

The top stars are in contention after Jelena Ostapenko is dumped out at the French open.

Two-time Sharapova makes her return to Roland Garros having been refused a wild card past year following her doping suspension.

The world No 6 booked her place in the second round with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Barbora Krejcikova earlier today, and admitted the sisters regularly share tactical advice and that Kristyna's clash with Williams would be no different.

"It stays less in your system like before, for sure", she said about her poor performance in Rome. "They're able to do a lot of things that other people can't do, physically and mentally, so I don't doubt that she will come back, I don't doubt it, but it just takes a little bit of time". "Almost every match depends on me, but this match also depends on her".

Also in the women's first round, 2016 victor Garbine Muguruza plays another former French Open champion, Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won in 2009. Interviewed by Reuters, the 18-time Grand Slam victor, who will work as a commentator for ESPN in Paris, said Sharapova 'has a shot" at the title. "I see her moving better and the intensity is back.

The tournament starts Sunday.

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