Serena Williams shines even as she struggles at French Open | Kevin Mitchell

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American happy to reach first weekend in Paris after recovering from a poor start against the Australian Ashleigh Barty

In a sea of filtered magic Serena Williams still shines, even as she struggles a little on court, even as others rage about her seeding, about her catsuit and her chances of winning another title at Roland Garros.

She has dominated the discussions here without trying, which just may irritate Maria Sharapova, who has toiled in her shadow, except maybe on the cover of magazines. For them to meet in the fourth round, though, Williams has to beat Julia Goerges on Saturday and the Russian has to get past the sixth seed, Karolina Pliskova. Years ago, they would have been odds-on to do that. Not this time. This is a transition tournament, more uncertain than when Serena and Maria ruled.

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Written by Kevin Mitchell at Roland Garros
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