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Serena Williams steamrollers into quarters-finals

POWER PLAY: Serena Williams plays her way into the quarter-finals of the French Open (PA)

SERENA WILLIAMS has cemented expectations that she is to win a second career French Open after she demolished her latest opponent to book her place in the quarter-finals.

Yesterday, the 31-year-old American beat Italy’s Roberta Vinci 6-1 6-3 at Roland Garros, the victory means she is still to drop a single set so far in the tournament.

Her remarkable knack for overpowering her opposite numbers, has allowed Williams to only spend four hours and four minutes on court during her four matches in Paris – enabling her to remain arguably fresher than her competitors.

The quarter-finals fixture will she her take on Svetlana Kuznetsova, who like Williams is also a former champion in the French capital.

Concerning the next match, Williams said: “It will be a good match.

“The last time we played here she won, so that will probably get her pumped up and she's on a comeback.

“She has nothing to lose but everything to gain. She also wants to do well, and she's won this tournament before.”

Despite Williams being a firm favourite for the title, she last won the tournament in 2002, and she has not progressed to the semi-finals for an entire decade.

Talking about her form and chances of winning the open, Williams added: “Every day everybody is like, 'You're on this streak,' but for me it's about winning the matches.

“At the end of the day, I just want to hold up the winner's trophy and whatever it takes to get there.”

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