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French Open 2018: Serena fights back as Nadal, Sharapova cruise

02 June, 2018, 20:43 | Author: Christina Hansen
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Former American world no.1, Serena Williams has claimed that she can be even better than before she took a break from tennis owing to her pregnancy.

The 31-year-old Russian, who is seeded 28th after missing the French Open the past two years, will next play the victor of the third-rounder between 23-time major champion Williams and 11th-seeded Julia Goerges. Then came the second-round match against Ashleigh Barty.

"I feel like a super hero when I wear it".

Williams will face 11th seed Julia Gorges of Germany in round three and she believes she has a lot more to come.

Ten-time champion Rafael Nadal breezed into the third round and a clash against childhood friend Richard Gasquet.

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"I think people have to talk about it more because it's nearly like the fourth trimester, it's part of the pregnancy", she said.

Another unforced error gave Barty a break in the first game of the second set and there were gasps from the crowd when Williams hammered an overhead way beyond the baseline.

Williams broke in the seventh and held in the eighth to set a 5-3 lead, which she converted on serve to win the second set 6-4.

Halep's progression was much more comfortable, a 6-3 6-1 victory over Townsend bringing up a 30th match win of the year, while Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber were all round-two winners.

"I'm very happy. She played really well, she made a lot of aces". She confirmed she will play at warm-up tournaments in Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne before the season's third Grand Slam at Wimbledon.

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Coming into the tournament with not enough match play under her belt, Serena was playing against a Top-20 opponent who has been on the rise.

In this September 6, 2002 file photo Serena Williams, of the U.S., returns to Lindsay Davenport, of the United States of America, during their semifinal match at the US Open in NY.

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I'm not putting any pressure on myself as I normally do The contest between the two big servers - who fired down 28 aces between them - was a tight affair.

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