Serena takes on Barty in French Open second round
PARIS (Reuters) – Serena Williams faces her first seeded opponent on the French Open on Thursday and can hope to make use of her booming serve to beat Australian Ashleigh Barty within the second spherical.
Barty, the 17th seed, cruised previous Natalia Vikhlyantseva within the first spherical, whereas Serena, again at one among her favourite venues after a two-year absence, overwhelmed Czech Kristyna Pliskova in straight units.
The American is taking part in in a Grand Slam for the primary time since successful a 23rd title on the 2017 Australian Open and giving delivery to her daughter Alexis in September.
World primary Simona Halep resumes her quest for a maiden Grand Slam crown in opposition to 22-year-old American wildcard Taylor Townsend.
Within the males’s draw, third seed Marin Cilic faces Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz. Defending champion and prime seed Rafa Nadal can be in motion on day 5, dealing with Argentine Guido Pella on Court docket Suzanne Lenglen.
Order of play on the principle showcourts (all matches second spherical except acknowledged, instances GMT, prefix numbers denote seeding):
Court docket Philippe Chatrier (play begins at 0900)
3-Marin Cilic (Croatia) v Hubert Hurkacz (Poland)
1-Simona Halep (Romania) v Taylor Townsend (U.S.)
Julien Benneteau (France) v 15-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina)
Serena Williams (U.S.) v 17-Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
Court docket Suzanne Lenglen (play begins at 0900)
3-Garbine Muguruza (Spain) v Fiona Ferro (France)
Malek Jaziri (Tunisia) v 27-Richard Gasquet (France)
1-Rafael Nadal (Spain) v Guido Pella (Argentina)
Shuai Peng (China) vs 7-Caroline Garcia (France)
Court docket 1 (play begins at 0900)
24-Denis Shapovalov (Canada) v Maximilian Marterer (Germany)
28-Maria Sharapova (Russia) v Donna Vekic (Croatia)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) v Jeremy Chardy (France)
11-Julia Goerges (Germany) v Alison van Uytvanck (Belgium)
Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, modifying by Ed Osmond