American Serena Williams staged a second set recovery to beat Danielle Collins 6-4 6—4 to progress to the fourth round of Roland Garros.
The 39 year-old who has been improving in every match of the Grand Slam, obviously was better with both power and intensity in her play. Having struggled early in the second set Williams got back moving her feet to the right rhythm of the match clinching five straight games to emerge victorious.
With the win Williams will face Elena Rybakina who defeated Elena Vesnina ending her dream of progressing to the next round of the Grand Slam. Elena had made a come- back following her time out to give birth to her daughter in 2018. This year’s Roland Garros is actually her first major in her come-back quest. She lost 6-1 6-4, Williams with the advantage in the drivers sit said after the game,
“There’s still a lot matches, a lot of great players, as we can see. There’s so much depth in this game now, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing in the first round or not, you really have to fight for every match and nothing comes easy.
Williams also felt that the tougher the matches the stronger she becomes in the Grand Slam,
“I just needed a win. I need to win tough matches. I needed to win sets. I needed to win being down. I needed to find me, know who I am. Nobody else is Serena out here. It’s me. It’s pretty cool.”
Meanwhile, Russian Anastsia Paylyuchenkova defeated Aryna Sabalenka in three straight set of 6-4 6-2 6-0. Sabalenka had struggled, although having fought back from a set down, she couldn’t sustain the momentum as she lost several ball in the court.
Pavlyuchenkova will battle Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round following Victoria’s victory over Madison Keys in 6-2 6-2 win. Meanwhile, the Russian strongly believes Azarenka will be a tough opponent in the fourth round considering her performance at the US Open