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Serena Williams unfazed by taxing French Open schedule

Paris: Serena Williams is not worried by the arduous schedule she faces if she is to successfully defend her French Open title.

Serena Williams returns during her fourth round win against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina at the French Open in Paris yesterday. Pic/AFP
Serena Williams returns during her fourth round win against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina at the French Open in Paris yesterday. Pic/AFP

The World No 1 was unable to take to the court on Monday or Tuesday because of rain and must now potentially play four matches in four days.

Williams said: "When we play regular tournaments, we play four, five matches in a row. It's something you just get used to. It's totally fine I think for me and for everyone."

If they are all as straightforward as her 6-1, 6-1 victory over Elina Svitolina in the fourth round, then it certainly will not be any problem at all.

Williams needed just 62 minutes to see off the Ukrainian, who is coached on a part-time basis by, Justine Henin.

The forecast indicates there could be more disruption from the weather over the next two or three days, and Williams said she would draw the line at playing two matches in one day. "I have done that once before, actually," she said.

"Charleston I think I played like the 1pm and the 7pm match. It was crazy. No, I don't think they would do that, though, here. This is a grand slam, and I think we would have to find a different solution."

Williams next meets Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva, who upset 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5 7-5.

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