Serena Williams defeated Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-4, earning a second win this season against her US compatriot to advance to the French Open fourth round.

Williams, a three-time Paris champion seeded seventh, also beat last October’s Paris  quarter-finalist Collins in February in a Melbourne pre-Australian Open tournament.

The winner will now face a first-time meeting Kazakh Elena Rybakina, who put out Russia’s Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-4.

“I played well, it was a tough match, I concentrated and was able to win,” Williams said as she plays the event for a 19th time.

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