With 23 career Grand Slam titles—the most for any player in the Open Era, male or female—Serena Williams is probably the greatest closer in tennis. But she’s a phenomenal starter, too.

With her 7-6 (6), 6-2 win over former No. 22 Irina-Camelia Begu in the first-ever Roland Garros night session on Monday night, Serena improved to 77-1 in her career in first-round matches at majors.

The only blemish is a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss to Virginie Razzano in the first round of Roland Garros back in 2012, and she almost won that one, too—she was up 5-1 in the second set tie-break.


After her win over Begu, she was asked about playing the historic first night match in Paris.

“Overall, yeah, ironically enough, night sessions are not my favorite matches, but I do have a good record at it. Clearly something about it gets me hyped,” the three-time Roland Garros winner said.

“It was pretty cool to be able to play the first night session ever here at Roland Garros.”