Serena Williams returned Sunday to the red clay of the French Open, and this time there was no stumble at the start.
Upset in the first round a year ago, Williams channeled any lingering frustration into her overpowering strokes and drubbed Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-1.
Also advancing on the first day of play were Sara Errani, the 2012 runner-up to Maria Sharapova, and 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic.
Williams lost her opening match at a Grand Slam tournament for the only time in her career a year ago, when she was beaten by France's Virginie Razzano. That was the most surprising in a succession of losses for Williams at Roland Garros, where she hasn't won the title since 2002 and hasn't reached the semifinals since 2003.
Determined to avoid another bad start, Williams won the first nine games, and 30 of the first 37 points. There was no letup from there, and she was still pumping her fist and shouting ''Come on!'' a game from the finish.
Williams maintained a stern expression throughout the match, and allowed herself only a brief smile when Tatishvili pushed a forehand wide on match point.
Williams, who keeps an apartment in Paris, was then interviewed on center court and spoke French, a first for her at Roland Garros.
''I'm a beginner,'' she said, referring to her French, not her tennis. ''I think I am French because I have a flat here. I love Paris.''
Williams won 56 of 78 points, including 28 of 33 on her serve, and hit eight aces.
She'll face tougher competition in the rounds to come - Tatishvili fell to 2-11 this year and 0-3 at the French Open.
Play began under cloudy skies with the temperature in the mid-50s (13 C), and an hour into the tournament, Errani was into the second round. The tenacious Italian beat Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-2 in the opening match on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Errani reached a Grand Slam final for the first time a year ago at Roland Garros.
''Last year was an unbelievable tournament, the best tournament of my life,'' Errani said. ''But I don't want to think about that. I just want to come here and play another tournament. I try to concentrate on my tennis, not too much about last year.''
Now ranked a career-best No. 5, Errani dominated Rus from the baseline and won four games at love. Rus double-faulted seven times and lost her 13th consecutive match on the WTA Tour.
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