Two tough tests early on but Azarenka and Serena continue their quest in Paris

Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams have safely orchestrated their way through to the third round at Roland Garros following a couple of good but tough wins for them.

For the three time for champion Serena Williams it was a tough match against a strong and determined Mihaela Buzarnescu. One thing you can guarantee with Mihaela is a fight, she brings such a strong level and never lets disappointment bother her.

It was a fantastic and enjoyable match, it was lovely to see smiles on both players’ faces at the end of the match but also during the match with huge respect for what each other was doing. I thought the way that Buzarnescu played towards the end of the second set was fantastic, she really got behind Serena’s serve and took her opportunity when it came.

I felt it was a match and a battle Serena needed just to keep that match rhythm going and build up minutes on the court. In the third set it was Serena in the zone, she raced to a 4-1 lead, Mihaela still made her work had for it but came through to win and the celebration was muted as the two shared a lovely exchange at the net, Serena knew she worked hard for that!

Earlier on in the day we saw Victoria Azarenka find her groove on the clay courts in Paris and for the first time since 2015 has won back to back matches at Roland Garros.

It has been a battle for fitness over the year following a stunning 2020 season which saw her bring out some of her best tennis and has begun well in Paris.

After a hard-fought and slightly bumpy win over former champion Kuznetsova the Belarusian faced up against a teenager in the impressive Carla Tauson from Denmark.

It was another tough match but there was more composure and control in the former world number ones game throughout the match, something I thought was missing in round one.

The only thing that rocked Azarenka and would need to be picked up was the double faults, seven is slightly too high and as she goes deeper and a potential meeting with fellow Belarusian, Sabalenka in round four it could prove costly.

Overall a strong win in 1 hour 49 minutes 7-5 6-4 against the 18 year old from Denmark.

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