French Open: Serena Williams cruises into second round in Paris
Serena Williams hammered Anna Tatishvili 6-0 6-1 in the first round of the French Open.
Last Updated: 26/05/13 8:49pm
At the same stage last year Williams was beaten by Virginie Razzano, the first and only occasion she has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam.
There was never any chance of that against Tatishvili and she cruised to a career-best 25th straight win.
Williams arrived in Paris in the form of her life, having won her last four tournaments - in Miami, Charleston, Madrid and Rome.
The match lasted 52 minutes, and in a hopelessly one-sided first set, the American - red hot favourite for to win her second French Open title - allowed the young Georgian just seven points.
Tatishvili finally got on the board - to the relief of everyone - in the 10th game and battled gamely to make a fight of it.
But Williams was not in a charitable mood and finished her off within the hour.
"I am very happy, I feel very strong and I have been playing really well for the last three months," said Williams, who admitted last year's upset was on her mind going into the match.
"I was definitely nervous. I have to say I'm always a little nervous going into first-round matches at slams, but this time I wasn't as nervous as I was previously or in other grand slams.
"But, for the most part, I felt pretty safe and felt good about my game, and that if I can just do what I do in practice, I'll be okay."
The top seed will next play Caroline Garcia - who beat Yulia Beygelzimer 6-3 6-4 - for a place in the third round.
Meanwhile, Serena's sister Venus lost in the first round for the first time since 2001, beaten 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 in a three hour 19 minute epic by 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion now has two first-round losses in the past four Grand Slam tournaments.
Radwanska will face German qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier in the second round.