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 Belgium's Justine Henin returns the ball to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova during their first round  match for the French Open tennis tournament at th...
 Belgium's Justine Henin returns the ball to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova during their first round  match for the French Open tennis tournament at th...
 Belgium's Justine Henin returns the ball to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova during their first round  match for the French Open tennis tournament at th...
 Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during their second round match for the French Open tennis tournament at the Ro...
 Spain's Rafael Nadal goes up to the net to return the ball to Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during a second round match of the French Open tennis tour...
 USA's Serena Williams returns the ball to Germany's Julia Goerges during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garr...

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Belgium's Justine Henin returns the ball to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova during their first round match for the French Open tennis tournament at th...

France Tennis French Open

Belgium's Justine Henin returns the ball to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova during their first round match for the French Open tennis tournament at th...

France Tennis French Open

Belgium's Justine Henin returns the ball to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova during their first round match for the French Open tennis tournament at th...

France Tennis French Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during their second round match for the French Open tennis tournament at the Ro...

France Tennis French Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal goes up to the net to return the ball to Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during a second round match of the French Open tennis tour...

France Tennis French Open

USA's Serena Williams returns the ball to Germany's Julia Goerges during a second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garr...

Serena Williams waited a day to play, then won before lunch at the French Open on Friday, beating Julia Goerges of Germany 6-1, 6-1 to reach the third round.
Four-time champion Rafael Nadal also went to work early and clocked out quickly, defeating Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
A schedule backlog caused by rain forced Nadal and the top-ranked Williams to wait until the sixth day of the tournament for their second-round matches.
Williams won in 55 minutes and said such a rout can help her in later matches.
"I can learn a lot, like, 'OK, what am I doing today? How can I get them to all be like that?'" she said. "Those are the questions that I ask and I try to answer."
Nadal won in 1 hour, 45 minutes. He has lost only 13 games through two rounds.
Maria Sharapova and four-time champion Justine Henin won suspended matches and advanced to a third-round showdown.
Henin, seeded 22nd, needed just four games to close out her victory, beating Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3. Play was stopped Thursday because of darkness with Henin leading 3-2 in the second set.
Competing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2007 following a retirement, Henin extended her French Open winning streaks to 23 matches and 39 sets.
Sharapova defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3. The score was 2-all in the second set when play resumed following an overnight stoppage.
Seeded 12th, Sharapova is bidding for the only Grand Slam title she has yet to win.
Two-time semifinalist Novak Djokovic overcame nine double-faults to beat Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Williams, bidding for her first title at Roland Garros since 2002, played aggressively and still committed only four unforced errors to 20 for Goerges. Williams often moved two steps inside the baseline to smack returns, and she won 15 of 19 points on Goerges' weak second serves.
Williams held every service game and sprinted forward several times to finish off points with swinging volleys.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion has won 41 consecutive second-round matches in major tournaments since losing in that round in her Grand Slam debut in 1998 to her sister Venus. Serena and Venus are seeded 1-2 in the tournament.
"We're having so much fun at this time of my career, and you know, we just feel good," Serena said. "We're doing the best we can, and we're enjoying every moment."
The second-seeded Nadal won with steady play from the baseline, committing only 12 unforced errors, and he also won 16 points at the net.
Nadal improved to 33-1 at Roland Garros, with his lone loss a fourth-round upset against Robin Soderling in 2009. He is 17-0 on clay this year.
No. 12 Fernando Gonzalez of Chile lost 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov Jr. of Ukraine, playing in his first Grand Slam tournament. No. 9 David Ferrer led 6-2, 6-2, 2-0 when Belgium's Xavier Malisse retired. No. 19 Nicolas Almagro of Spain and No. 31 Victor Hansecu of Romania won in straight sets.
In women's play, Russian qualifier Anastasia Pivovarova, ranked 187th, upset No. 25-seeded Zheng Jie of China 6-4, 6-3. No. 13 Marion Bartoli of France also won.


Updated : 2021-06-14 13:18 GMT+08:00