Paris, France (Sports Network) - Serena Williams' domination of women's tennis
continued Sunday with a straight-set win over Italy's Roberta Vinci in the
fourth round of the French Open.
The top-seeded Williams rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 triumph and extended her career-
best winning streak to 28 straight matches. She hasn't lost since falling to
Victoria Azarenka in the Doha final back in February and entered the second
Grand Slam of the year off titles in Miami, Charleston, Madrid and Rome.
Sunday's victory gave Williams a 20-0 mark on clay this year. She also
improved to 71-3 overall since a stunning first-round loss to Virginie Razzano
in last year's French Open, and has dropped just 10 games through the first
four rounds of this year's stay at Roland Garros.
The 15th-seeded Vinci has given Williams the most trouble thus far by taking
four games. However, it really wasn't much of a contest. Williams won the
first four games and captured the opening set in 29 minutes. The second set
was closer, but Williams won the final 10 points of the match.
Next up for the 15-time Grand Slam champ is Russian veteran Svetlana
Kuznetsova, a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 upset winner over eighth-seeded German Angelique
Kuznetsova won the 2009 French Open, beating Williams in the quarterfinals
along the way, and was the runner-up in 2006. She has reached her second Grand
Slam quarterfinal in as many tries this year after a trip to the final eight
at the Australian Open in January, but hasn't won a tournament of any kind
since 2010 in San Diego.
Williams, the 2002 French champ, owns a 6-2 lifetime mark against Kuznetsova,
but the two haven't met since 2009 at the Tour Championships in Qatar.
Two more fourth-round matches are on tap for Sunday, as 2012 runner-up Sara
Errani of Italy will meet Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro and fourth-seeded
Agnieszka Radwanska will take on 2008 French winner Ana Ivanovic.
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