World number eight and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams will face Romanian and 174th-ranked Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Thursday, June 3. Get the live streaming options of this Serena Williams v Mihaela Buzarnescu match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Serena Williams v Mihaela Buzarnescu Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Serena and Buzarenescu before this one at Roland Garros.
Serena Stretched in Straight-Set Win
Williams needed an hour and 44 minutes to kick-start her 12th attempt at winning her 24th Grand Slam but in the end proved to be too good for Irina Begu in her opener.
In a match punctuated with 30 unforced errors off Serena’s racquet, she found a way out of sticky situations in the first set before winning 7-6 (6), 6-2 and seal her second round place.
The American was up a break on two separate occasions in the first set but lost the initiative both times before falling behind 5-6 with Begu serving for the set. Serena carved back a break, forced a tie-breaker before saving two set-points and then convert the only one she got for her own self.
A storm averted, it was a lot calmer for Serena in the second set, as she broke Begu in the very first game and retaliated with one more in the seventh to put an end to any comeback attempts.
She now takes on another Romanian in round two.
Buzarnescu Rams Past Rus
Ranked 174th in the world and having won just two main draw matches since September 2019, Buzarenescu was a whopping 2/1 to surprise Arantxa Rus in her opening round match.
And that’s what she did and in straight sets too.
Coincidentally Buzarenescu needed the same amount of time as Serena, an hour and 44 minutes, to get past Rus 7-5, 7-5 to seal her first main draw win at a Grand Slam since the second round at Wimbledon 2018.
In a match filled with breaks of serves, Buzarenescu was broken five times but retaliated with seven of her own to clinch the win, following on from first round victories at Guadalajara and Belgrade before this since the start of the 2020 season.
Things could get a lot tougher for Buzarenescu in round two despite Serena’s obvious lack of tennis and reduced form on clay.
Serena v Buzarnescu Prediction and Tip
This is the best possible start Serena could have hoped for as she looks to build back some of the lost form and get into rhythm come the next week. Against a player desperately struggling for wins, Serena can be expected to register a crushing win and move to round three.