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Serena storms past French wildcard into French Open third round


Serena storms past French wildcard into French Open third round

World number one Serena Williams roared into the third round of the French Open with a straight set demolition of French wildcard Caroline Garcia.

Williams came into the tie on a career-best 25 match winning streak and wrapped up the opening set in less than half an hour. Garcia offered a bit more resistance in the second but was still no match for the 15-times grand slam champion.

Williams now faces Romania’s Sorana Cirstea in the third round.

Elsewhere, last year’s beaten finalist Sara Errani also had a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 victory over Yulia Putintseva while fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska saw off American Mallory Burdette 6-3 6-2. Former champion Ana Ivanovic, seeded 14, beat Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson.

In the men’s competition Roger Federer was in no mood to hang about as he demolished India’s Somdev Devvarman in a hopelessly one-sided match.

The Swiss, who is chasing a second French Open title, was never put under any pressure and ruthlessly dispatched of his 188th-ranked opponent.

Federer now faces France’s Julien Benneteau who beat him in Rotterdam in February and pushed him hard in a five-setter at Wimbledon last year.

Crowd favourites Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils lived up to their flamboyant billings as they progressed into the third round in lively fashion at the expense of Jarkko Nieminen and Ernests Gulbis.