At 39 the American Serena Williams continues to leave historical traces of a legendary career. Roland Garros chose a famous figure to inaugurate its new nights, and the American sealed the tribute by doing her job, defeating the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu by 7-6 (6) and 6-2.
They opened the clash at 9:00 p.m., without an audience because there is a curfew in Paris and it does not allow the presence of fans at night. Situation that should improve in the second week of the tournament, according to the announced government expectations.
Any match on clay right now is a test for Serena, who went to this element without having competed since February, at the Australian Open. She did not pass the opening round in Rome, against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska, and in her attempt in Parma she did not react either: she started beating Lisa Pigato but then yielded to Katerina Siniakova.
Life was also complicated in the first set with Begu, as he dominated 5-2 and suddenly found himself down 5-6 delivering four games in a row. And in the tiebreak he rallied two set balls from 4-6, also burying the spirits of the European.
In the second round, I met another Romanian, Mihaela Buzarnescu, who beat the Dutch Arantxa Rus 7-5 and 7-5.