Former champion Serena Williams was back to her best in the second round of the French Open as she brushed aside Kurumi Nara.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner was a little rusty during her first-round victory over Vitalia Diatchenko, but she upped her game on Thursday as she dropped only five, beating the Japanese qualifier 6-3, 6-2.
Williams broke once in the first set and twice in the second to claim a routine win – her 801st main draw match on the WTA Tour – in one hour and seven minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.
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She will face her compatriot Sofia Kenin next after her fellow American advanced when Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu withdrew due to a shoulder injury.
Fifteenth seed Belinda Bencic booked her place in the third round as she completed her match against Laura Siegemund, winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 while Polish teenager Iga Swiatek secured a 6-3, 6-0 win over 16th seed Wang Qiang.
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