Serena talks herself into comeback win at French Open

AP photo by Christophe Ena / Serena Williams reacts during her third-round match against fellow American player Danielle Collins on Friday at the French Open. Williams won 6-4, 6-4, but only after overcoming a 4-1 deficit in the first set and shouting encouragement to herself.

PARIS - Now and then, even a 23-time major singles champion needs to remind herself how to play winning tennis.

Serena Williams employed verbal motivation Friday to help her recover from a 4-1 deficit in the second set of a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fellow American Danielle Collins in the third round of the French Open.

While Williams may have been talking to herself when she shouted "C'mon!" and "Move your feet!", the big serves and crushed returns that ensued during a dominant run made a statement the 50th-ranked Collins couldn't answer.

"That felt really good for me," Williams said. "Things were not going my way. Its not like she gave me those games. I had to earn it and turn it around. That was really positive for me going into the next match.