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Serena Williams claims first round victory under the lights in France


Serena Williams defeated Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 (6), 6-2 Monday night to advance to the second round of the French Open. Williams’ match was the tournament’s first-ever scheduled night play.

Begu proved to be a formidable opponent for Williams, as the American superstar had to fend off two set points from the Romanian in the first set. With the win in sight, Williams started to cruise in the second set. Putting away 27 winners throughout the match, Williams was able to efficiently close out games and sail to a straight-set victory.

Williams will face Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second round at Roland Garros.