SERENA WILLIAMS BEATS KRISTIE AHN AT ROLAND GARROS FIRST ROUND

SERENA WILLIAMS BEATS KRISTIE AHN AT ROLAND GARROS FIRST ROUND

Serena Williams recorded a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 victory over Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round as she continues her bid for a 24th Grand Slam title.

The 39-year-old will play Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round in Paris.

Pironkova was handed a wildcard by Roland Garros organisers after a memorable run to the US Open quarter-finals - where she lost to Williams - in her first tournament since 2017 after giving birth.

Williams is a three-time champion at Roland Garros, having won the 2002, 2013 and 2015 titles and is now one more major triumph away from equalling Australian Margaret Court's long-standing record and become the fourth mother to win a Grand Slam singles title.

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In the previous Grand Slam - the U.S Open - she got eliminated in the semi finals and it was, by her standards, a disappointing outing for her.

While addressing reporters, Williams said: "If it's not perfect, then it's not enough for me. That is something I have been working on.

"I feel I was able to get over that in the recent past couple of months.

"I feel like that has been what I needed to deal with, just understand that my level of greatness is sometimes crazy high and a win is a win."

Williams had not played on clay since losing to 20-year-old Sofia Kenin in the third round at Roland Garros in June 2019 and looked understandably rusty as world number 101 Ahn made a confident start.