Serena stutters into French Open second round

Paris: World number one Serena Williams recovered from a stuttering start to beat Swiss Stefanie Voegele 7-6, 6-2 and book her place in the second round of the French Open on Monday.

The 2002 Paris champion stooped and clenched her fist as she saw off three break points en route to a 7-2 win in the first set tiebreak after struggling to break her opponent`s serve.

World number 76 Voegele, backed by the centre court crowd, lost her composure in the second set as Serena ended the contest with a routine volley after an hour and 21 minutes.

She will next face German Julia Georges.

Bureau Report

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