The "warrior princess" inside Serena Williams came out in full fighting mode on Thursday, 31 May, as the American proved she was no pushover in a Grand Slam with her 3-6 6-3 6-4 French Open second round win over Ashleigh Barty.The rankings show Serena as only the 451st best player in the world and her nine-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia will need a few years to appreciate what her mum's day job is.But anyone foolish enough to think that motherhood would kill off Williams' competitive edge got a rude reminder about why the 23-times Grand Slam champion is considered one of the sport's all-time great athletes.A set and a break down, it looked like Williams' comeback slam following her maternity break would end in the second round against the 17th seeded Australian.But when Serena slammed a crosscourt forehand winner into an open court to break back in the next game, the roar that rocked Philippe Chatrier Court told the world she was not done yet.So it proved just over an hour later as Serena was roaring again and holding her arms aloft in triumph after setting up a third round showdown with Germany's 11th seed Julia Goerges.Nadal Too Hot for PellaReigning champion Rafael Nadal bludgeoned his way into the French Open third round with a 6-2 6-1 6-1 defeat of outclassed Argentine Guido Pella.With rain showers forecast at Roland Garros the 31-year-old wasted no time on Court Suzanne Lenglen after saving four break points in the first game against the 78th-ranked Pella.Once that early danger had been snuffed out Nadal offered up a masterclass against his fellow left-hander and his forehand was too hot for Pella to handle.The Spanish world number one has now won his last 27 sets at Roland Garros, having captured a 10th title last year without dropping a set.Next in the firing line for Nadal is Frenchman Richard Gasquet.Erratic Sharapova Books 3rd Round SpotMaria Sharapova huffed and puffed her way into the French Open third round with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Croatia's Donna Vekic.The former world number one, back at Roland Garros after a two-year absence, was erratic throughout but her iron willpower helped her set up a meeting with sixth seed Karolina Pliskova.Sharapova, who missed the 2016 tournament because of a doping ban and was denied an invitation last year on her return from suspension, will need to be more consistent if she is to beat the Czech, a semi-finalist here last year.She failed to finish off a point at the net and Vekic counter-attacked to set up a break point in the first set, which the 28th-seeded Russian saved to move 4-3 up before breaking her opponent's serve.Vekic, however, broke straight back with a powerful service return.Sharapova, who is on a quarter-final collision course with 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain, was waiting for her moment. It came in the 12th game when she forced the Croatian into a lung-busting rally, forcing her opponent to net a forehand and drop the opening set.To break Vekic's rhythm from the baseline, Sharapova mixed it up with exquisite drop shots, but she made 31 unforced errors and dropped serve four times on Court One.Vekic, the world number 50, offered stiff resistance at 5-4 in the second set but she bowed out on the fifth match point when Sharapova fired a sizzling forehand winner. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.