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French Open: Defending champ Serena storms into Round Two

Paris: Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams reached the French Open second round yesterday with a 6-2, 6-1 win over French wildcard Alize Lim.

Serena Williams celebrates after winning a point yesterday. Pic/AFP
Serena Williams celebrates after winning a point yesterday. Pic/AFP 

Williams will face either compatriot Grace Min or Spain's Gabrine Muguruza for a place in the third round where she could play big sister Venus.

Venus Williams began her campaign with a 6-4, 6-1 win against Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic.

Radwanska cruises
Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska carved out a 6-3, 6-0 win over China's Zhang Shuai, the world number 34.

Radwanska, sporting a vivid, floral-print dress, made heavy work of seeing off Zhang who has now lost all of her four first round matches at Roland Garros.

Venus through
Meanwhile, Venus, the 29th seed and 2002 runner-up, began her campaign with a 6-4, 6-1 win against Swiss 17-year-old Belinda Bencic who was two and a half years from being born when the American made her professional debut back in 1994.

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