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Venus looking for 1st French Open title in 20th appearance

Venus looking for 1st French Open title in 20th appearance

The second set would take rather less time, as Williams thundered through the demoralised Nara for the loss of just one more game, 6-1. The American reached her 15th Grand Slam final in January - almost eight years after her 14th.

PARIS-Serena Williams, the victor of 23 Grand Slam titles, often dominates tennis' most coveted events, leaving her young challengers with scraps.

Serena - who cheered on Venus in a white Nike tank top, floral jacket and comfy black leggings - announced the exciting news that she was pregnant last month, taking to Snapchat to show off her baby bump in a bright yellow bathing suit and captioning it, "20 weeks".

And she faces the No60-ranked Elise Mertens in her next match instead of No24 seed Daria Gavrilova.

At the other end of the court, Coric mangled his racket by rearing back and smashing it one, two, three, four times, then after a pause, once more for good measure. "I thought I'd seen some draws in the last 10".




The American, however, kept her cool and watched as Kvitova surrendered on match point with her ninth double fault. "So I think that she's just excited about everything coming up in her life, on and off the court, (and) excited about returning here hopefully next year", ExcelleSports quoted her saying. "So if she says Australian Open, it's going to be the Australian Open". Lest we forget, she is also enjoying a tremendous second wind since her Sjogren's Syndrome diagnosis, and reached the final of the Australian Open in January - her first grand slam final in almost eight years. "I'm going to try and give it my best".

"The first round is always tricky", Williams said.

She came closest in 2002 when she was beaten in the final by her younger sister, as she was at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open that year. Once I started I fell in love with the concept of fueling your body in the best way possible.

During her on-court interview, Kvitova addressed Novak, her family and others in her guest box, saying: "Thank you for everything you helped me through (in) this hard time". I just know he's with me.

Williams spoke about Serena's presence as a spectator.

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