Serena on song as she moves into French Open second round

  • AP, Paris
  • Updated: May 27, 2014 16:26 IST

Serena Williams began the defense of her French Open title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory Sunday over 138th-ranked Alize Lim, a wild-card entry from France.

The top-seeded Williams dictated most points and wound up with 30 more winners - but also 24 more unforced errors - than Lim.

Williams is a 17-time major champion who was facing a woman making her Grand Slam debut. Still, there was a bit of shakiness from the 32-year-old American as she served out the final game, erasing four break points and needing five match points to close things. Williams saved all seven break points she faced in the match.

She improved her tally of first round matches at majors to 54-1. Her only loss came at the 2012 French Open against 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano.

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