Williams, seeded 10 and three weeks shy of her 37th birthday, had to dig deep to see off her opponent who had led 4-2 in the first set and 5-3, with set points, in the second.
Kerber first top seed to lose Roland Garros opener
Germany's Angelique Kerber became the first top seed in French Open history to lose in the opening round when she was knocked out by Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday.
Venus set for French Open 20th anniversary
Serena Williams may be missing from this year's French Open, but big sister Venus is still going strong and marks her Roland Garros 20th anniversary on Sunday.
Murray faces Kuznetsov in French Open 2017 first round
World number one Andy Murray will play Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov in the French Open first round while fellow Briton Johanna Konta faces Hsieh Su-wei.Murray, 30, is in the same half of the draw as 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka, who he beat in last year's semi-final.
Djokovic, Nadal on French Open semi-final collision course
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and nine-time winner Rafael Nadal were drawn to face each other in a blockbuster French Open semi-final on Friday.
N11m for grabs as CBN Senior Tennis serves off in Lagos
Over 300 tennis players from all parts of the country will feature in the 39th annual Central Bank of Nigeria Senior tennis tournament that serves off in Lagos today at the tennis courts of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Italian Open of hope, nostalgia
A week ago, the Internazionale d’Italia commenced at the Foro Italico, an arena reminiscent of Roman architecture. The tournament was the fourth in the Clay court season of Europe, flagged off in Monte Carlo.
Zenith Tennis serves off at Ikoyi Club
The team event is divided into two groups of Red and Grey colours of Zenith Bank, which are named after the various products offered by the bank.The Red Group has Global Pay, Mobile App, Premium and Banking while the Grey Group contains Aspire, Easy Banking, Easy Save and Zeca.
Djokovic crushes thiem to secure Zverev Rome final
Novak Djokovic overcame having to play twice in a day before cruising into his eighth final of the Rome Masters with a ruthless 6-1, 6-0 win over Dominic Thiem on Saturday.
Djokovic ousts Del Potro to seal Thiem semi in Rome
Serbia's Novak Djokovic, the second seed, cruised into the semi-finals of the Rome Masters Saturday after a rain-interrupted 6-1, 6-4 win over Juan del Potro.