It wasn’t easy, but the Williams sisters made a winning start to their French Open doubles campaign on Wednesday, battling back to get past No. 14 seeds Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Aoyama and Kato—who have nine WTA doubles titles between them, eight for Aoyama and one for Kato—came out strong, breaking Venus’ serve in the opening game and hanging onto that break until they had the set. Six games later they found themselves up 6-4, 3-3, three games away from a win.
That’s when the Williams sisters—wild cards at the French Open—found their range, reeling off nine of the next 11 games to completely run away with the match. Serena served the final game of the one-hour, 56-minute victory at love.
WATCH—Serena and Venus win their opening doubles match in Roland Garros: