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Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kurumi Nara

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ByEurosport
30/05/2019 at 11:21 | Updated 30/05/2019 at 14:44

Serena Williams brushed aside qualifier Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-2 in immaculate fashion to reach the French Open third round.

The 10th seed - chasing a fourth French Open and a 24th Grand Slam singles title - took only 67 minutes to book her place in the last 32 as she fired down 10 aces in a fairly routine victory against her Japanese opponent at Roland Garros.

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She will take on fellow American Sofia Kenin in the next round, with world number one Naomi Osaka a potential opponent in the quarter-finals.

As often with Williams, both the clothes and the arm did the talking on Court Philippe Chatrier.

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She stepped into the stadium wearing her Virgil Abloh-designed dress printed with the words "Reine, Mere, Championne, Deesse" (Queen, Mother, Champion, Goddess).

On court, the 37-year-old was given a decent workout by world number 238 Nara, who was playing her only second match in the main draw of a tour-level tournament this year.

Nara stood her ground in the first seven games but derailed in the eighth as Williams broke for 5-3 with a booming forehand winner down the line.

The Japanese cracked earlier in the second set, dropping serve in the third game, and never recovered as Williams snatched her 801st victory on the tour.

Williams is chasing a first major since the 2017 Australian Open.

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