Serena Williams storms into French Open quarters

first_imgChampion Serena Williams swatted aside the limp challenge of Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday, to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open.The world number one rarely sparkled on a damp, dank centre court at Roland Garros, but always wielded enough firepower to see off the Ukrainian 18th seed in a match that was delayed by two days due to the fickle Parisian weather.Empty green seats outnumbered raincoat-clad fans by around five to one on the Parisian showcourt, and the heavy, slow balls meant there was little artistry to entice greater numbers.Although spluttering from time to time – Williams fired the odd serve alarmingly long; netted the occasional simple groundstroke – the top seed always did enough to neuter her scurrying opponent.The American will play Yulia Putintzeva for a spot in the semis.last_img