Ruthless Serena Powers Past French Wildcard

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Reuters
World number one Serena Williams motored into the third round of the French Open with a 6-1 6-2 trouncing of French wildcard Caroline Garcia on Wednesday.

World number one Serena Williams motored into the third round of the French Open with a 6-1 6-2 trouncing of French wildcard Caroline Garcia on Wednesday.

Garcia, 19, gave Maria Sharapova a run for her money on her previous appearance on centre court at Roland Garros two years ago but found top seed Williams in an unforgiving mood.

Williams roared into a 5-0 lead in the opening set before Garcia, ranked 114 in the world, held serve to generous applause from the crowd who had earlier witnessed victories for Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils.

There was precious little hope of a hat-trick of home wins on Chatrier though with Williams, who came into the match on a career-best 25-match winning streak, wrapping up the opening set in 27 minutes.

Garcia offered more resistance in the second set but was still no match for the 15-times grand slam champion who looks in the mood to add to her single French Open title.

Williams faces Romania's Sorana Cirstea in the third round.