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Sharapova turns on the style in France

03 Juin 2018

But Thursday was a tougher proposition for the 36-year-old American who was playing just her sixth match of 2018.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova saw her dreams of victory in Paris ended by a fantastic display by Anett Kontaveit.

The last time Sharapova beat Williams was in 2004.

"We are both on a comeback for two totally different reasons, and she's been on her journey for over a year and I just started mine a couple months ago", Williams told the media after her routine win.

If that topsy-turvy performance had given Goerges hope that she could finish off a job that Barty could not - it did not take long for reality to sink in.

The last time Sharapova beat Williams was in 2004.

In the second, when trailing 0-1, Petkovic called for the trainer to have her right knee bandaged but never got back into the match, losing the set 6-0. "It's because I want to get home to see [daughter] Olympia, because I have been here all day". "I've been injured so many times, and played on it, my body is used to adjusting".

"It was Serena whom I beat in the Wimbledon final to emerge on the worldwide stage at seventeen, and it's Serena who's given me the hardest time since", Sharapova wrote.

The Spaniard, victor in 2016 and seeded third, took just 62 minutes to see off Stosur, the former US Open victor, 6-0 6-2.

"She won a big title in Stuttgart, so I have to be ready for this match and I'll be ready", Sharapova said of Pliskova, who she defeated in their only previous meeting in the 2015 Fed Cup final.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion and Frenchman Gasquet were both highly-regarded as youngsters, but Nadal has utterly dominated their rivalry and hasn't even dropped a set to his fellow 31-year-old since 2008. I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going. I think this is just one of her best surfaces, and she always does really, really well here.

Other women moving into the fourth round included 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, two-time French Open finalist Simona Halep, two-time major-title victor Angelique Kerber and reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens. Serena may still be rusty, but she's improving her game each time she takes the court and should be extremely confident given her lopsided history over Sharapova.

Third-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain lost her serve just once to Australian Samantha Stosur in a 6-0, 6-2 rout to reach the fourth round.

Serena Williams turned up the heat on Saturday ahead of her French Open clash with bitter rival Maria Sharapova, saying the claims about her in the Russian's book were "hearsay" and not "necessarily true".

"She's not quite at the level she was when she was at her best but that's expected". But she then rattled off the next four games for the match.

Sharapova turns on the style in France