French Open: Serena Williams sails via at Roland Garros after straight-sets win over Danielle Collins

Serena Williams powered confidently into the fourth spherical of the French Open with a strong efficiency towards fellow American Danielle Collins as the ladies’s singles draw opened up enticingly for the 23-time Grand Slam champion

Final Up to date: 04/06/21 7:20pm

Serena Williams is now the highest-ranked participant left within the backside half of the ladies’s singles draw after defeating Danielle Collins

Serena Williams was near her greatest as she swatted apart the specter of fellow American Danielle Collins to succeed in the fourth-round of the French Open.

Williams, chasing a fourth Roland Garros title and record-equalling twenty fourth Grand Slam, staged a second-set restoration to beat Collins 6-4 6-4.

The 39-year-old is taking part in herself into type on the clay, together with her serve noticeably higher than in her first two matches.

The one wobble got here early within the second set when Williams misplaced 4 video games in a row however, after urging her ft to begin shifting once more, she reeled off 5 straight video games to clinch victory.

Williams will tackle Elena Rybakina, the twenty first seed, subsequent after she ended Elena Vesnina’s comeback Grand Slam with a 6-1 6-4 victory. Vesnina was taking part in her first main since giving delivery to her daughter in 2018.

Williams won’t get forward of herself, saying: “There’s nonetheless numerous matches, numerous nice gamers, as we will see. There’s a lot depth on this sport now, it does not matter should you’re taking part in within the first spherical or not, you actually should combat for each match and nothing comes straightforward.

“I simply wanted a win. I wanted to win robust matches. I wanted to win units. I wanted to win being down. I wanted to seek out me, know who I’m. No person else is Serena out right here. It is me. It is fairly cool.”

Aryna Sabalenka has been one of the most in-form players of the last few months, but she saw her French Open hopes ended by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Aryna Sabalenka has been probably the most in-form gamers of the previous few months, however she noticed her French Open hopes ended by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Aryna Sabalenka’s error-strewn exit to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has left the Grand Slam with out its high three girls’s seeds inside the primary week.

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty was compelled to retire via harm throughout her second-round match, which adopted the much-publicised withdrawal of Naomi Osaka.

Sabalenka has been probably the most in-form gamers of the previous few months and received the largest title of her profession in Madrid final month however she has but to make an actual impression at a Grand Slam, failing to transcend the fourth spherical.

That has clearly change into a psychological hurdle and, having fought again from a set down towards skilled Russian Pavlyuchenkova, Sabalenka struggled to maintain the ball within the courtroom, making 39 unforced errors in complete in a 6-4 2-6 6-0 defeat.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka looked in impressive form during her victory over American Madison Keys

Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka appeared in spectacular type throughout her victory over American Madison Keys

Pavlyuchenkova will subsequent tackle Victoria Azarenka, who reached the fourth spherical at Roland Garros for the primary time since 2013 with a powerful 6-2 6-2 victory over Madison Keys.

“All I can say is she’s nice, clearly, very nice participant, nice fighter,” Pavlyuchenkova stated when requested about her subsequent opponent, Azarenka: “She’s been proving and exhibiting to everyone that she’s nonetheless received numerous gas, particularly on the US Open.”

Slovenian Tamara Zidansek is thru to the final 16 at a Slam for the primary time after a rollercoaster 0-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory over Katerina Siniakova.

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