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Serena rolls into fourth round at French Open

10:15 AM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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Paris, France (Sports Network) - Serena Williams once again encountered little resistance in a third-round rout Friday at the French Open.

The top-seeded American blasted Romania's Sorana Cirstea with a 6-0, 6-2 romp in 61 minutes. She won 61 of the 94 total points played, broke serve five times and saved three break points against her serve.

Williams ran her career-best winning streak to 27 straight matches and is 70-3 overall since suffering a shocking first-round loss to Virginie Razzano at Roland Garros last year. There's been no hint of trouble for the 2002 champ this year, as Williams has dropped just six games in her first three matches.

There were no weather issues on Friday, allowing for the completion of the second round in addition to the start of the third. Thursday's rain delays forced a number of second-round matches into Friday.

Maria Sharapova, the defending champion and this year's second seed, had to come back Friday to complete her second-round match against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard. The Russian star did just that, taking only 15 minutes to finish a 6-2, 6-4 triumph.

Russia's Maria Kirilenko and Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli also moved on with second-round wins Friday. The 12th-seeded Kirilenko blitzed Australia's Ashleigh Barty, 6-3, 6-1, while the 13th-seeded Bartoli battled past Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

Third-round action later Friday includes fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska against German Dinah Pfizenmaier and fifth-seeded Sara Errani versus German Sabine Lisicki.

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