Steady does it for Serena Williams at French Open as she racks up 801st tour-level win

French Open
Serena Williams in action

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.

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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