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Serena Williams vs. Andrea Hlavackova: Score and Reaction from 2015 French Open

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2015

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot in her Women's Singles match against Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic on day three of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Julian Finney/Getty Images

Serena Williams cruised through her opening match at the French Open, dismissing Andrea Hlavackova with little difficulty Tuesday, 6-2, 6-3, in what was her 15th Grand Slam victory in a row.   

It was business as usual for the top-ranked Williams. She completely controlled the match with her serve, winning 24 of 30 first-serve points and smashing three aces, per RolandGarros.com. She rushed the net with success, winning four of six net approaches and also converting all four of her break points. 

She particularly breezed through the first set, as Roland Garros on Twitter noted:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Business as usual for #Serena. It takes her just 26 minutes to capture the 1st set 6-2 off Hlavackova. #RG15

Of course, Williams surviving an opening round is hardly surprising, as ESPN Tennis tweeted:

As for the elbow injury that has hampered her during the clay season, Williams conceded to Jon Wertheim in her post-match interview on the Tennis Channel that it was a slight factor: "I didn't go for as many aces as I normally do. I'm just taking it one match at a time, trying to save it."

In fact, Williams appeared to be having fun on the court. Roland Garros on Twitter passed along one particularly funny moment from the match when the superstar was able to laugh at herself:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

What gave @serenawilliams a good chuckle on the court? #RG15 #eyesontheprize https://t.co/UIiOQpAAxs

Williams will now face Anna-Lena Friedsam in the second round, another match that she'll be expected to win without much issue. 

But things could get very interesting in the third round, when Williams could potentially face the No. 27-ranked Victoria Azarenka. The two have had their fair share of battles in the past, and Azarenka is a very talented player who is better than her current ranking. 

If there was ever a draw that could see Williams bow out of the French Open in the opening rounds, it is the possibility of facing Azarenka in the third. Williams will be favored to move on, surely, but that potential match looms large. 

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