May 25, 2008
Serena defeats Ashley Harkleroad at Roland Garros
Serena's campaign for a 2nd French Open crown began with a convincing 1st Round win over fellow countrywoman, Ashley Harkleroad, 6-2, 6-1. Harkleroad made Serena hit MANY balls but in the end Serena was just too strong. Serena hit 31 winners, 20 unforced errors, saved 6 of 7 break points faced and fired down 10 aces. Williams, the 2002 champion, was broken in her opening service game but reeled off 12 games out of 13 to win 6-2 6-1 in 76 minutes. Serena is now 34-0 in 1st round matches in Majors. Serena's 2nd Round opponent will be the french wildcard, Mathilde Johansson.