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• Williams: ‘I just had to hang in there’
• Johanna Konta breaks hoodoo with first-round victory

Serena Williams survived a briefly wretched opening to the French Open and, despite recovering well to trounce the world No 83, Vitalia Diatchenko, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, she is yet to convince her peers and rivals she can last a tournament, let alone rediscover the magic that lifted her to 23 grand slam titles.

She is not exactly a sitting target and she will play better than this but the Serena of old, the three-times champion of Paris, is a memory at the moment. She needs one more major to match the all-time record of Margaret Court. It is an assignment that grows more difficult with each passing month.

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Mon, 27 May 2019 18:51:02 GMT

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