Serena’s supersonic comeback in her debut in Paris
Diatchenko won the first set and brought out the best of Williams, who settled the next in less than an hour despite his short filming. Jakupovic or Nara, rival in the second round.
It was not for jokes Serena Williams at its premiere at Roland Garros. With a single match played since March due to problems in her left knee, the winner of 23 Grand Slams and tenth racket in the ranking made a supersonic comeback against the Russian Vitalia Diatchenko, who paid the broken plates to beat the first set 6-2 and also those of the peculiar attire worn by the youngest of the Williams: a skirt with undulations that caused visible gestures of discomfort in the American during that first part, until he chose to put it in another way in the second.
Diatchenko (28 years old), who has never passed the second round in Paris and does not stand out for his performance on clay, started comfortable and in 34 minutes he was already on the scoreboard. It was a mirage because one hour later Williams, already with the skirt rolled up, had eliminated the next two sets by 6-1 and 6-0, with 25 winning shots (for 24 unforced errors) and taking advantage of the 26 failures of his opponent, the number 83 of the ranking of the WTA, that got to see how the one of Michigan made nine consecutive games to him between the second and third sleeve. Now Serena, who is aiming for a 24th grand in Paris that would equal her with the Australian Margaret Court, will have to face the winner of the duel between the Japanese Nara and the Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic.