Eighth seed Venus Williams and third seed Jelena Jankovic moved into the third round of Roland Garros in straight sets.
William’s victory was more dominant than Jankovic’s. The American defeated Tunisia’s Selima Sfar 6-2 6-4, while Jankovic had to come from behind in the second set to beat New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic 6-2 7-6 (7-5).
Despite making 25 unforced errors, Williams was too strong for the 31-year-old qualifier ranked 241st in the world. As for Jankovic, she took the first set in 37 minutes but struggled to wrap up her victory after needing treatment on her thigh. World No.80 Erakovic served for the second set at 6-5 and also led 5-3 in the tie-break, but Jankovic then won four straight points and clinched victory.
In the third round of the 2008 French Open, Venus Williams will face Italy’s Flavia Pennetta, seeded 26th, and Jelena Jankovic will play Slovakian 28th seed Dominika Cibulkova.