Sixth seed Serena Williams got past Kristie Ahn despite a sluggish start to her French Open campaign. She defeated the fellow American 7-6(2),6-0 in the cold and breezy weather conditions. She faced the same opponent at the same round earlier this month at the US open. But unlike this outing, she seemed rather comfortable at New York.
The American veteran looked very shaky during her first set serve games. She wasn’t able to hit the right areas of the court and hence was forced into a first set tie-breaker.
“She played very well in the first set, it wasn’t easy for me and she hit a lot of winners,” said Williams post her match. “It was important for me to stay focused.”
Serena, playing at the French Open for the 18th time, dropped serve twice as Ahn moved 5-4 ahead in the opener in a rematch of their first-round encounter at Flushing Meadows. Despite a tipsy-turvy first set, Williams gained momentum after her opening serve in the second set and defeated Ahn convincingly without dropping a game in the second set.
She would hope to continue her second set run in her second round encounter. The legendary American will face Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round. Serena Williams continues to have an unbeaten record against Tsvetana Pironkova in the head-to-head. She managed to extend her lead to a healthy 5-0 margin with the three-set win over the Bulgarian in New York earlier this month.
It will definitely not be an easy outing for Serena. She will have to go all guns blazing to defeat Pironkova.
Prediction: Serena defeats Pironvoka in three sets.