The 2002 Paris champion stooped and clenched her fist as she saw off three break points en route to a 7-2 win in the first set tiebreak after struggling to break her opponent's serve.
"I definitely didn't feel good about it. At least I won. I think I'm still in the tournament, that's what matters," Serena told reporters. World number 76, Voegele, egged on by the crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier, lost her composure in the second set as Serena ended the contest with a routine volley after an hour and 21 minutes. Williams had 10 aces and three service winners late in the tiebreak. The 12-time Grand Slam champion also saved three break points late in the first set Monday.
She will next face German Julia Goerges. "A different day, a better game; a different day, a different game. That's how I think about it," said Serena. A different dress as well. "I always have seven outfits for singles and six for doubles," she said. "I just wear them once, like everything else. I only wear things once."
Serena keeps her Grand Slam streak alive. She has NEVER lost in the 1st round of a Major. She's 42-0!