Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up fourth round showdown

PARIS FRANCE- MAY 28 Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand during his mens singles first round match against Simone Bolelli of Italy during day two of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros

When Williams served out the victory with a backhand victor down the line, she raised both arms overhead and held up her left fist as she approached the net to meet Barty.

"I think there is a lot of things in her game that she's done much better than I have. You know the challenge that is upon you", she continued. "I managed to stay aggressive and I played smart as well", said Sharapova, who delighted a half-full stadium by thanking them for their support in French.

Goerges was reliant on her serve, adding 11 aces, but as the match progressed Williams began to read her serve to fire back more returns nullifying her opponent's big weapon. I just started. But I think this will be another test. "You don't put those hours on the back courts in Bradenton-fricking-Florida to - you know what I mean - to just show up at events like this and not bring it". And then I think early in the second set, in that game, at 1-0, [Serena] stepped it up a notch. A fired-up Sharapova powered 18 winners past her fellow former world number one Pliskova, with the Czech never threatening any resistance in a match which lasted 59 minutes.

"This will be a good opportunity for me [to] kind of to see where I am and just hopefully continue to go forward".

The three-time champion and former world No. 1, dressed again in her all-black catsuit, is playing her first Grand Slam since winning last year's Australian Open while two months pregnant.

Williams was asked about Sharapovas book, which was published previous year.

Halep, twice a runner-up in Paris, is to face Germany's Andrea Petkovic for a place in the last 16.

But Williams, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in mid-November following the birth of their daughter, said she is keen to have another child, and soon.




It has been nearly 2-1/2 years since Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova last faced off across the net but when it comes to these two great on-court foes, absence does not make the heart grow fonder.

The three-time French Open singles champion will now play Australia's Ashleigh Barty in the next round.

Standing in her way in the fourth round could be her old adversary Serena Williams.

The Spaniard goes on to face Lesia Tsurenko, of Ukraine, who knocked out Slovakian 19th seed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-4.

Stephens, the US Open champion in 2017, next plays Anett Kontaveit, who advanced by beating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4).

"She competes better than anybody for a long, long time".

Sharapova, the champion in Paris in 2012 and 2014, saw off Donna Vekic 7-5, 6-4 in a tie that featured 10 breaks of serve and secured on a fifth match point.

The 12th-seeded German has reached finals at every Grand Slam tournament except the French Open.

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