Serena makes winning Grand Slam return

29 May, 2018, 22:27 | Author: Amy Huff
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Two-time Grand Slam victor Garbine Muguruza is back to her winning ways in Paris after beating 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (0), 6-2 to reach the second round.

Williams, the victor of an Open era record 23 Grand Slam titles, had arrived at Roland Garros with just four matches under her belt in 2018.

The service game of both players dipped markedly in the second set, with points won on the first serve falling by an average of 27%. In 2016, Nadal withdrew with an injured left wrist after a pair of easy victories, then claimed every set he played previous year en route to the trophy. She won 80% of her first serve points. Garcia, who celebrated her 28th major match win, will face Shuai Peng who beat 6-3 6-4 Aleksandra Krunic in her first WTA victory of the season. Williams had her hands full with her first opponent, Kristyna Pliskova.

This time there was a little rust to shake off - she only gave birth in September - and she didn't quite move as when at her best.

Third-seeded Marin Cilic kicked off his tournament with a straight-set win over James Duckworth of Australia.

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Pliskova is the twin sister of number six seed Karolina, a solid player but not as good as her sibling and someone who has never won a match at Roland Garros before. Two years has been a really long time since my last match on clay but I feel good.

- Williams saves a break point for 2-2.

In the women's draw, two-time Grand Slam victor Garbine Muguruza is back to winning ways after beating Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, another former Roland Garros champion.

Williams hasn't played in a major since winning her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open and a big question mark is hanging over her current form.

After beating Williams in the 2016 final, Muguruza's title defense was ended in the fourth round past year.

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