Serena Cruises Into Second Round

Serena Williams cruised into the second round of the French Open with a comfortable win over friend and training partner Alizé Lim.

Published May 25, 2014 12:13

Serena Cruises Into Second Round
Serena Williams

PARIS, France - Serena Williams began the defense of her French Open crown in dominant fashion, brushing aside training partner Alizé Lim, 6-2, 6-1.

The Plot
Two years ago Williams was the victim of one of tennis' great upsets, losing to an inspired Virginie Razzano in the first round. Friday's draw paired her with another Frenchwoman, Lim, who responded in refreshingly candid fashion upon learning her fate.

The Turning Point
Despite the disparity in their respective rankings, Lim and Williams know each other well, having trained together at the Mouratoglou Academy in Paris for the past few years. Lim acquitted herself well early on, but was unable to subdue the champion for long.

A break in the fourth game allowed the American to get her nose in front, and while Lim continued to battle away gamely she was fighting a losing battle. Williams wrapped up the opening set with a backhand return winner, before taking full control by breaking to love at the start if the second. With Lim struggling to make any impression with her return, Williams raced towards the finish line, which she eventually crossed, wrapping up victory on her fifth match point.

"In the beginning, a lot of the games went to 30-all, so I think we were pretty even," Serena said. "It was an interesting start. I was a little nervous, like I always am in my first round. It's kind of always hard for me to shake those nerves and go from there.

"I think it's nice to have a little bit of nerves, because it means that you still have a passion for it. You still have this inside feeling that you want to do really well or else the nerves wouldn't be there."

What's Next
Williams stays on course for a possible third round meeting with sister Venus. But before she can contemplate that, she must first get past either Grace Min or Garbiñe Muguruza.

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