Following a quick opening round contest in Paris, world No. 1 Serena Williams has advanced to the second round, where she will meet Spain’s Garbine Muguruza for second time on the professional tour. The two athletes last met in the second round of the Australian Open in 2013, which Williams won in dominant fashion. Check out the Williams vs Muguruza Head to Head.
The top seed began her French Open title defense by cruising past her friend Alize Lim 6-2, 6-1. The match did last an hour and 18 minutes, which is longer that Williams’ standard opening round match-up. Serena also hit a lot of unforced errors, as she had 36 errors to her 37 winners.
“A lot of the games went to 30-all or so – I think the games were actually pretty close,” Williams said. “It was interesting. I was a little nervous, like I always am in my first rounds. It’s kind of always hard for me to shake those nerves and go from there. You really just try to get through those moments.”
Williams also stated that she was very “proud” of her opponent:
“She’s doing a lot better. She’s been playing a lot. She made up her mind that she wanted to compete and be one of the best and I’m really proud of her.”
Muguruza began her week in Paris with a 7-5, 7-6(6) win over Grace Min. It was her sixth win of the season on clay and put her at 6-3 overall on that surface. Her win sets up a tough second round match-up with the defending champion.
This is the second time these two competitors will meet on the tour, and while it is on an entirely different surface, it is hard to imagine the result varying much. Williams is far too powerful for the young Spaniard to handle, and that will be evident on court.
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