French Open: Serena Williams swats aside Sorana Cirstea to reach fourth round
The world number one is bidding to win only her second singles title at Roland Garros
Friday 31 May 2013
Serena Williams coasted through to the fourth round of the French Open this afternoon as she swatted aside the challenge of Romanian Sorana Cirstea.
The world number one is bidding to win only her second singles title at Roland Garros, 11 years after her first.
Her record on the Paris clay is at odds with her performance at the other grand slams. She is a five-time champion both at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, and has also won the US Open on four occasions.
Yet Williams has reached only one semi-final in the French capital since her victory over sister Venus in the 2002 title match, losing earlier or not entering in every other year. Twelve months ago she suffered a stunning first-round defeat to Virginie Razzano.
The red clay may not be her favourite surface but it was hard to detect a weakness today.
Cirstea got to the quarter-finals four years ago, her best result in a grand slam, but the world number 30 had little answer to Williams as the 31-year-old American swept to a 6-0 6-2 victory in just over an hour on court.
Having dropped just one game to Georgian Anna Tatishvili in the first round, and three to France's Caroline Garcia in the second round, it was routine again for Williams.
She was awaiting the winner of this afternoon's third-round tussle between Czech Petra Cetkovska and Italian 15th seed Roberta Vinci.
Simon Calder looks at communities fighting back against the poachers
Comment: David Moyes paying the price of Manchester United's virtual abstinence from top-level transfers since 2006. Can he refire their ambition?
Arsenal 1 Everton 1 match report: Gerard Deulofeu provides late sucker punch following Mesut Ozil opener
Transfer news: Manchester United will not be forced into panic buys, says David Moyes
Gerard Deulofeu - Why Barcelona chose Everton to educate their latest prodigy
Ashes 2013-14 match report: Another woeful display sees England lose to Australia by 218 runs to go down 2-0
- 1 Gurdwaras-turned-food banks: Sikh temples are catering for rise in Britain’s hungry
- 2 Council bans use of word ‘Commie’ – but ‘fascist’ and ‘Nazi’ are fine
- 3 The man who made Femen: New film outs Victor Svyatski as the mastermind behind the protest group and its breast-baring stunts
- 4 The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era
- 5 Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis