Anisimova steamrolls into French Open third round

PARIS (Reuters) - Tenager Amanda Anisimova muscled her way into the third round of the French Open with a 6-2 6-0 demolition of fellow American Bernarda Pera on Wednesday.

The 25th seed, whose match was moved to court Philippe Chatrier after Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament with an injury, was barely bothered as she set up a meeting with either world number one Simona Halep or another Romanian, Irina-Camelia Begu.

Anisimova beat Halep in straight sets in the quarter-finals last year.

The 19-year-old is the only semi-finalist from the last edition left in the draw after champion Ashleigh Barty opted against travelling to Paris and Britain’s Johanna Konta and Czech Marketa Vondrousova were knocked out in the first round.

After an early trade of breaks, Anisimova stole her opponent’s serve again to move 3-1 up, easily bagging the opening set.

The second set was also a mere formality as she progressed having dropped only four games in two matches.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Alison Williams