Garbine Muguruza and Serena Williams progress at French Open

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Serena Williams is through to the second round of the French Open after a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova.

The 23-time major winner came through a tough test to take the first set after being 0-3 down in the tie-break. There were five breaks in the second set and Serena got the crucial fifth break to make it 4-3 before holding serve to seal the victory.

Williams will play Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the second round.

Earlier in the day, 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza came through against Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (7-0) 6-2.

The pair shared four breaks in the opener before the Spaniard strolled to victory in the tie-break.

Muguruza was far more dominant in the second set, breaking to make it 3-1 before repeating the feat in the final game.

She will play wildcard Fiona Ferro next.

Elsewhere in the ladies singles, Caroline Garcia eased past Ying-Ying Duan 6-1 6-0 and Angelique Kerber defeated Mona Barthel 6-2 6-3.

Cover Photo: Serena Williams by Yann Caradec used under license by CC BY-SA 2.0.

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