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Serena Williams vs. Alize Lim: Score and Recap from 2014 French Open

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her women's singles match against Alize Lim of France on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 25, 2014

In her first Grand Slam match since bowing out in the fourth round of the Australian Open, Serena Williams dominated Alize Lim, 6-2, 6-1, in her opening match of the 2014 French Open.

Roland Garros' official Twitter account provides a look at the final for Williams: 

Williams comes into the tournament in search of her 18th Grand Slam title after falling short at the Aussie Open. While playing on a clay court was not typically a strong suit for Williams early in her career, she is 53-2 on the surface with eight titles since 2012, according to Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press.

The 32-year-old spoke about her recent rise on the surface, per Fendrich:

"I don't know what clicked or didn't click," she said. "I have the capability of playing on clay, so I don't know why I wasn't more consistent on clay before. ... But, hey, I guess better late than never, right?"

As for Lim, the French player was stunned when she found out she had drawn Williams for her first-round match. Lim shared her thoughts on Twitter after realizing Williams would be her opponent:

Throughout her career, Williams has dominated early in Grand Slams, typically pulling away in the first set and crushing her opponent. Lim tried mightily to keep up with the American, but fell behind early in the first set and ultimately lost 6-2.

Williams struggled slightly with her serve, finishing with no aces and a double fault in the first set. But when it came to breaking serve, the 17-time Grand Slam champion came through on two of four opportunities to solidify the first set.

Roland Garros shared a picture from the scene as the first set was winding down:

After easily running away with the first set, Williams jumped out to an even better second set. Despite the fact that she finished the set with three double faults, the 32-year-old came through with four aces, five net points won and cut down on her unforced errors from 23 to 13.

Though it wasn't always an easy match for Williams, she proved yet again why she's ranked as the No. 1 player in the world. Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times points out why the matchup was a difficult one for Williams:

Following a convincing victory in the first round, Williams will now await the winner between Grace Min and Garbine Muguruza. Both players are only 20 years old, with Muguruza coming off a fourth-round result in the Aussie Open.

If Williams ousts either young player in the next round, she might have another match with sister Venus Williams in the third round. The No. 29 player faces off with Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia, and might face off with her sister who holds a 14-10 advantage over her, per tennis.matchstat.com.

Williams referenced the potential matchup, telling Fendrich, "It never gets easier. She's essentially the love of my life, so it's definitely difficult."

With Williams' sights still set on winning her 18th title at the French Open, the emotional win over Lim was a great first step. Ahead could be yet another heated matchup with her sister, turning the intensity up in Roland Garros over the next several days.

 

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