Four games in four days 'totally fine' for Serena


Serena Williams is unfazed by the prospect of playing on four successive days in order to defend her French Open title.

After her fourth-round tie with Elina Svitolina was pushed back from Monday to Wednesday due to rain, Williams faces a hectic schedule in week two of the year's second grand slam.

The world number one thumped Svitolina 6-1 6-1 to set up a quarter-final tie against the unseeded Yulia Putintseva. That match will take place on Thursday, with the winner due to be in semi-final action 24 hours later ahead of Saturday's final.

"You know, when we play regular tournaments you play four, five matches in a row," said Williams.

"It's what happens. In Rome I played four in a row? Five? I don't know.

"In Miami and Indian Wells you just play every day. It's something you just get used to. It's totally fine, I think, for me and for everyone.

"I'm sure it was really tricky [on Tuesday] and must have been really difficult to keep warming up and keep going, going, going. I was really fortunate to get my match in and out today, so that worked out well."

Williams delivered a commanding performance against 18th seed Svitolina, racing into a 4-0 lead inside 12 minutes to set the tone for a one-sided encounter.

"I feel it was a better match for me," said the reigning champion, who had been below her brilliant best against Kristina Mladenovic in round three.

"She [Svitolina] is a really good player. She gets a lot of balls back."