No repeat letdown for Serena

Updated: May 27, 2013, 12:27 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

There was no plausible way, really -- barring injury or even a weird, science-fiction body snatch of Anna Tatishvili by Lukas Rosol -- that Serena Williams, after losing in the first round at Roland Garros to  Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano a year ago, would again be caught unaware by a low-ranked opponent.

Williams was not going to be surprised or overconfident. The issue would simply be how long she would stay on the court.

The answer was exactly 51 minutes.

In her first ...

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