02 Jun 2021: 2021 French Open: Serena Williams advances after beating Mihaela Buzarnescu
Veteran Serena Williams dished survived a scare to beat Mihaela Buzarnescu in three sets in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday.Serena, who is chasing an elusive 24th career Grand Slam, won 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.Elsewhere, Victoria Azarenka advanced to the third round by beating Clara Tauson in straight sets.Here are further details.
Feats: Serena clinches her 363rd win at Slams
Three-time French Open winner Serena has reached the third round for the third time across the last four editions.She had suffered a second-round exit at the 2020 French Open.Playing her 80th match at Roland Garros, Serena now has a win-loss record of 67-13.This was also her 363rd win at Grand Slams.
Details: Serena wins a three-set duel against Buzarnescu
The match started on an even note as both players held their serves at 3-3.Serena gained the advantage, earning a break and holding on for 6-3.Her forehand play was superb.In the second set, Buzarnescu stepped up to win 7-5.The world number 174's backhand winner helped her win the set point.Serena broke Buzarnescu early in the third set to win.
Kasatkina: Kasatkina knocks out 10th seed Belinda Bencic
Russia's Daria Kasatkina knocked out 10th seed Belinda Bencic in the second round.The 24-year-old cruised through in straight sets, winning 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 16 minutes on Court Simonne Mathieu at Roland Garros in Paris.The world number 37 will now face Romania's Sorana Cirstea, who overcame Italian Martina Trevisan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in three sets.
Azarenka: Azarenka steps up to beat teenager Clara Tauson
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka beat teenager Tauson to set up a third-round meeting with 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys.Azarenka won her second-round tie 7-5, 6-4 to gain a crucial win.Meanwhile, Keys overcame Canadian 18-year-old Leylah Annie Fernandez 6-1 7-5.Elsewhere, Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek, 23, beating American Madison Brengle 6-4 6-1.Marketa Vondrousova got past Harmony Tan 6-1 6-3.
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