French Open: Serena Williams has won and will celebrate her progress in the last 16.© AFP
Serena Williams sent a warning to the rest of the women’s raffle that sold out on Friday to Danielle Collins by winning a direct medal in the 2018 quarter-finals of the 2018 French Open for the first time since 2018. The 39-year-old, still short on the record for Margaret Court’s 24 individual Grand Slam titles, won the American Collins 6-4, 6-4. “It’s been very difficult today, but I’ve played well, I’ve been focused. I’m very happy,” said the three-time Roland Garros winner.
Williams is now the highest pick left in the middle of the draw, with four of the best in the world missing from the second week.
Elena Rybakina will be ranked 21st in Kazakhstan as her next opponent to compete against the old Victoria Azarenka Rival in the quarter-finals.
Williams, the eighth-seeded Seeded, had a small scare in the second set to fall behind 1-4 against the 2020 Collins quarterfinals, but won the next five games to win the Victory.
When Williams made his fourth round three years ago, he was injected before the scheduled Clash with Maria Sharapova.
The former world number one also came out last year after the opening round, but looks solid this time around, even with straps on his right thigh.
Williams threw a five-point thunder and scored 22 wins against Collins, winning just 85 minutes ahead of Philippe Courter.
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