Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Williams Suffers an Attack of the Jitters; TENNIS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Williams Suffers an Attack of the Jitters; TENNIS

Article excerpt

DEFENDING champion Serena Williams overcame her nerves to defeat friend Alize Lim and stay on course for a third-round meeting with sister Venus at the French Open.

While the 6-2 6-1 scoreline looked like a walk in the park for Serena, her 36 unforced errors showed she was not at her best.

The American needed five match points to get over the line after an hour and 18 minutes and knew she had been in a battle.

Williams said: "A lot of the games went to 30-30 or so. So I think the games were pretty close.

"It was interesting. I was a little nervous, like I always am in my first round.

"It's always hard for me to shake those nerves and go from there."

Having been upset in the first round by Virginie Razzano in 2012, Williams won the title at Roland Garros 12 months ago for the first time in 11 years.

She has been arguably more dominant on clay than on any other surface over the past three seasons and came into the tournament on the back of another title in Rome. …

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