Serena Williams digs deep to come through three-set battle against Mihaela Buzarnescu and reach third round at the French Open
- Williams showed a full range of emotions during tough encounter
- She set up a third-round showdown against her fellow American Collins
- The 39-year-old has not advanced beyond the last 16 in Paris since 2016
Laughing at times, berating herself at others, Serena Williams showed a full range of emotions as she hauled herself through to the third round of the French Open.
The 39-year-old American overcame Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu to win 6-3, 5-7, 6-1. Williams tends to look like an upset waiting to happen on clay, but her control in the deciding set was impressive.
She will now face compatriot Danielle Collins.
Serena Williams showed a full range of emotions as she hauled herself through to third round
‘It was kind of fun, it’s always good when you enjoy your job,’ said Williams, who regularly threw her arms up in mock frustration and celebration. She has not advanced beyond the last 16 in Paris since 2016.
The decent weather has suited big hitters and servers and two American giants, John Isner and the even taller Reilly Opelka, have made it through to the third round.
Isner now presents a stiff test for Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is favourite in the draw’s bottom half. Cam Norrie, Britain’s sole singles hope, will try for a third round match against Rafael Nadal when he takes on South African Lloyd Harris.
The 39-year-old American overcame Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu on Wednesday
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