Marcel Granollers

French Open Lookahead: Williams sisters vs. home-crowd faves

A reporter at the French Open wanted to know whether the prospect of playing Serena Williams for the first time worried 26th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic.

"Well, no, I'm not frightened," Mladenovic said. "No, I'm quite happy, I must say."

Mladenovic even referred to Saturday's third-round matchup at Court Philippe Chatrier against the 21-time Grand Slam champion as "a dream," explaining: "I grew up watching Serena play."

The 23-year-old Frenchwoman, who won the girls' title at Roland Garros in 2009, certainly can expect plenty of support in the stands from the locals. But dealing with the No. 1-seeded Williams' game might not be...