No match for fired-up Serena
PARIS – Serena Williams took just 61 minutes to book her place in the fourth round of the French Open as she destroyed Sorana Cirstea 6-0 6-2 at Roland Garros today.The American world No 1 extended her winning streak to 27 matches with another dominant performance in Paris.Romanian Cirstea, the 26th seed, needed eight games and 33 minutes to make her mark on the scoreboard, a feat that was greeted by sympathetic cheers from the crowd.
After her dismal start Cirstea even had two break points to lead 3-2 in the second set, but Williams simply stepped on the accelerator again to clinch the victory.
Williams has dropped just six games in three matches as she goes in search of the 16th Grand Slam title of her career.
The 31-year-old, who won her only French Open title in 2002, will now play Italy’s Roberta Vinci.Williams made it 70 wins from 73 macthes since her opening round defeat at Roland Garros last year and hopes she can ignore her winning streak for four more games.
She said: “I actually don’t think about it, and after every match I’m reminded. And, ironically enough, I forget about it as soon as it’s done.
“I don’t think it’s about a winning streak. I think it’s about winning important matches and winning the right matches at the right time.
In other results Rafael Nadal, the number three seed, defeated Martin Klizan 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3; number 13 seed Marion Bartoli beat Mariana Duque-Marino 7-6 (7-5) 7-5; Number two Maria Sharapova defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-4; Roger Federer the number two men’s seed beat number 30 Julien Benneteau 6-3 6-4 7-5. Number six seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat number 25 seed Jeremy Chardy 6-1 6-2 7-5; Ana Ivanovic, the number 14 seed, beat Virginie Razzano 6-3 6-2.