French Open: Serena Williams cruises into second round in Paris
Last Updated: May 26, 2013 8:49pm
Serena Williams hammered Anna Tatishvili 6-0 6-1 in the first round of the French Open to make an early statement at Roland Garros.
At the same stage last year Williams was beaten by Virginie Razzano, the first and only occasion she has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam.
There was never any chance of that against Tatishvili and she cruised to a career-best 25th straight win.
Williams arrived in Paris in the form of her life, having won her last four tournaments - in Miami, Charleston, Madrid and Rome.
The match lasted 52 minutes, and in a hopelessly one-sided first set, the American - red hot favourite for to win her second French Open title - allowed the young Georgian just seven points.
Tatishvili finally got on the board - to the relief of everyone - in the 10th game and battled gamely to make a fight of it.
But Williams was not in a charitable mood and finished her off within the hour.
"I am very happy, I feel very strong and I have been playing really well for the last three months," said Williams, who admitted last year's upset was on her mind going into the match.
"I was definitely nervous. I have to say I'm always a little nervous going into first-round matches at slams, but this time I wasn't as nervous as I was previously or in other grand slams.
"But, for the most part, I felt pretty safe and felt good about my game, and that if I can just do what I do in practice, I'll be okay."
The top seed will next play Caroline Garcia - who beat Yulia Beygelzimer 6-3 6-4 - for a place in the third round.
Meanwhile, Serena's sister Venus lost in the first round for the first time since 2001, beaten 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 in a three hour 19 minute epic by 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion now has two first-round losses in the past four Grand Slam tournaments.
Radwanska will face German qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier in the second round.