Venus and Serena Williams remained on course in the women's doubles draw at the French Open win a straight sets victory over former champion Sara Errani and Kirsten Flipkens.
WTA Staff
June 2, 2018

PARIS, France - It was another day and another win for the Williams sisters in doubles at the French Open on Friday, as the American tandem defeated Sara Errani and Kirsten Flipkens, 6-4, 6-2.

After rallying from a set down in their opening round victory, the sisters again pulled off a comeback effort in both sets in the second round.

They came from 4-2 down in the opening set to win the last four games, and also came from an early break down in the second set to safely advance to the third round.

Other winners in the second round of doubles action on Friday included No.8 seeds Chan Hao-ching and Yang Zhaoxuan, who held off Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja, 6-3, 7-5; No.9 seeds Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson, who won the last seven games over Taylor Townsend and Renata Voracova, 6-4, 6-0; and No.14 seeds Kveta Peschke and Nicole Melichar, who defeated Slovaks Magdalena Rybarikova and Viktoria Kuzmova, 6-1, 6-4.

The Williams sisters will next face the winners of the second round encounter between Irina-Camelia Begu and Wang Qiang, who won their first round match on Friday, and Andreja Klepac and María José Martínez Sánchez.

Begu and Wang defeated Petra Martic and Maria Sakkari, 6-3, 7-6(5), while Katarina Srebotnik and Lara Arruabarrena defeated Viktorija Golubic and Nina Stojanovic, 6-4, 6-3.

The lone seeded team to fall in Friday's action were No.16 seeds Anastasia Rodionova and Nadiia Kichenok, who were upended by Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Duan Ying-ying, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.

Sorana Cirstea and Sara Sorribes Tormo also backed up a first round upset of No.10 seeds Elena Vesnina and Jelena Ostapenko with a 6-3, 6-2 win over last year's champion Lucie Safarova, who won with Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Svetlana Kuznetsova.