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Serena Williams strolls into French Open quarters

AFP logoAFP 01-06-2016
The US's Serena Williams returns the ball to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during their women's fourth round match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Open in Paris on June 1, 2016 © Provided by AFP The US's Serena Williams returns the ball to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during their women's fourth round match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Open in Paris on June 1, 2016

Defending champion Serena Williams cruised into the French Open quarter-finals on Wednesday after thrashing Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-1.

Williams needed just 62 minutes to sweep aside the 18th seed in her pursuit of a record-equalling 22nd Open era Grand Slam title.

The world number one will face Spanish 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro or Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva for a place in the last four.

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