| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Amanda Anisimova is the youngest American woman into the French Open third round since Serena Williams in 1998.
Photo Credit: Brian Coleman/LI Tennis Magazine

 

After dropping the first set of her opening round match, Serena Williams wasted no time in booking her third round spot at the French Open on Thursday.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion rolled past Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2, hitting 36 winners and never facing a break point in the one hour and seven minute match.

“I think she was playing really good tennis the whole time. She was just playing really tactical tennis, and I just had to play a little bit better,” said Serena.

She now moves into a matchup with fellow American Sofia Kenin, who advanced after Bianca Andreescu was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.

Amanda Anisimova continues to turn heads with her play as the 17-year-old moved into the third round with a clinical 6-4, 6-2 win over 11th seeded Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

“I never passed a round at the French Open, so obviously its super special. It feels great,” said Anisimova, the youngest American woman to advance this far at Roland Garros since the aforementioned Serena Williams in 1998. “I’m really happy with my performance today. I was getting ready to play Aryna because I knew it was going to be a tough battle today, which it was. I’m just really happy that I got through this round.”

Up next for Anisimova is Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu, who came back to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Karolina Muchova.

In a blockbuster second round showdown, world number one Naomi Osaka came back to beat Victoria Azarenka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

“I was lucky to have played Victoria twice before. I knew she had been playing well coming into the tournament,” said Osaka. “It was an unfortunate second round draw for me so I am happy to win.”

Osaka takes on Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, who upset 29th seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-6(5), 6-7(8), 6-3 on Thursday.

Defending champion Simona Halep battled past Poland’s Magda Linette 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, and will play either Croatia’s Aleksandra Krunic or 27th seeded Ukranian Lesia Tsurenko.