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Serena survives health scare

sports Updated: May 29, 2010 23:38 IST

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Top seed Serena Williams survived a worrying mid-match health scare to defeat Russia’s 29th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 and reach the French Open last 16 on Saturday.

The American world number one, who was the 2002 champion in Paris, required treatment courtside after slipping at 0-5 down in the second set, having cruised through the opener.

She had her pulse tested and temperature taken although she did manage to compose herself to win the next game before the 18-year-old Russian went on to level the match.

Williams, still appearing uncomfortable on court, fought off three break points in the third game of the decider.

Pavlyuchenkova, bidding to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, was then immediately broken as Williams unleashed a barrage of heavy forehands to shorten the points as well as her time on court.

The American broke again in the eighth game to take the tie and will face Israel’s Shahar Peer for a place in the quarterfinals.