French Open tennis - 'Dangerous' Serena Williams battles through tough test from Danielle Collins in Paris
Seventh seed Serena Williams showed all her fighting spirit as she battled past fellow American Danielle Collins in their French Open third-round clash. It may have been a straight sets, 6-4 6-4, victory on Court Philippe Chatrier, but it was anything but easy for the 23-time Grand Slam champion in what was a very tough encounter.
Highlights: Serena storms past Collins to progress in Paris
Serena has 'excellent' chance of French Open glory - Wilander
"They were two very close sets, but Serena is playing really, really well," Wilander said. "She is hitting the ball well, she is moving well and it was a really good performance.
"She has a great champion's mindset, and that is why she has 23 majors - it's mainly because of what is up here.
I think it looks excellent for Serena. Aryna Sabalenka is out, Ash Barty is out, Simona Halep is not here, Naomi Osaka is out, Petra Kvitova is out.
"So who can win the tournament? It's not going to be a nobody. Serena has won plenty of majors here; Victoria Azarenka knows how to win; Sloane Stephens knows, so I think it is going to come from there.
"I know she [Serena] doesn't like to look at the draw, but she should, because it is opening up nicely. Does that put pressure on her? Maybe, but she knows better than everybody that she knows how to win Grand Slams, even at 39."
The American will next take on 21-year-old Elena Rybakina in the fourth round as she eyes a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.
Serena gets warm reception in intro for match with Collins