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Serena dominates after long rain delay

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PARIS (AP) Serena Williams was ahead, yes, but hardly at her best, when claps of thunder and a heavy downpour interrupted her third-round French Open match at a critical juncture.

So during what turned out to be a delay of more than 2 1/2 hours right before a second-set tiebreaker Saturday against 26th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France, Williams met with coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

"I spoke 10 minutes, which is far too long. Actually, at the end, I said: `Sorry. I spoke too long. Much too long.' Because a long speech is not a good speech; it has to be short and powerful," Mouratoglou recounted later. "My point was just to make her think the way she thinks when she's good, when she's playing like Serena plays."

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