PARIS: Serena Williams despatched out a warning to the remainder of the depleted girls’s draw on Friday with a dominant straight-sets win over Danielle Collins to achieve the French Open final 16 for the primary time since 2018.
The 39-year-old, nonetheless one in need of Margaret Court docket’s all-time document of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, noticed off fellow American Collins 6-4, 6-4.
“At present it was very tough, however I performed properly, stayed concentrated. I am very joyful,” stated the three-time Roland Garros winner.
Williams is now the very best seed left in her half of the draw, with all the world’s prime 4 absent from the second week.
She is going to subsequent face Kazakh twenty first seed Elena Rybakina, with a possible quarter-final towards outdated rival Victoria Azarenka up for grabs.
Williams, seeded eighth, had a slight scare within the second set when she fell 1-4 behind towards 2020 quarter-finalist Collins, however gained the subsequent 5 video games to safe victory.
When Williams final made the fourth spherical three years in the past, she withdrew injured earlier than a scheduled conflict with Maria Sharapova.
The previous world primary additionally pulled out final yr following the opening spherical, however she appears to be like in robust kind this time round, regardless of sporting some strapping on her proper thigh.
Williams thundered down 5 aces and hit 22 winners towards Collins, successful in simply 85 minutes on Court docket Philippe Chatrier.