Venus is bounced from the first round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2006, while Serena eases into second round.
Tennis announcer has an A1 day describing the China Open match.
Victory puts her seven Grand Slam wins from Margaret Court's record of 24.
German known for her big serve was too much for French Open champion.
Murray raises the possibility and Williams says "that would be fine." Now it just needs to happen.
The world's No. 1 player advances with 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mandy Minella.
No. 3 seed advances with first-round win at Wimbledon. Williams plays Tuesday.
Williams, the defending champion, and Sharapova wouldn't meet until the final.
World's No. 1 player is drawing criticism for comment in Rolling Stone interview.
Williams drops only one set at Roland Garros. Next stop: Wimbledon.