June 21, 2018

Serena Williams sets up 4th round showdown with Sharapova

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Serena Williams plays Maria Sharapova on Monday for a place in the women's singles quarterfinals. "This time a year ago I was actually pregnant". The episode began with a snippet of a magazine article in which the author surmised that something critical Williams said during a telephone conversation was a reference to Sharapova. "But the only difference is I'm actually getting in extra match play, and I'm really lacking match play. She's never forgiven me for it".

"And then the book was a lot about me".

"For once, I have nothing to lose", 36-year-old Williams said after her 6-3, 6-4 victory over 11-seed Julia Goerges on Saturday. "I have cried in the locker room many times after a loss", Williams said. I think it's normal.

"I think what speaks for itself is that desire to keep doing that and the knowledge that we have that - that is still the driving force for everything we do".

On the eve of Wimbledon in 2013, Williams gave an explosive interview to Rolling Stone magazine in which she left nobody in any doubt as to her target. "Maybe that's what it takes to fire up the proper fury", Sharapova said.

"A lot of people always assume that I feel a different way and it's not true. Women, especially, should bring each other up". 30-love. "I don't have any negative feelings towards her".

Either way, the verdict here says Williams won this tournament just by being out there.

"I knew this would be very tough against a former US Open victor and a player who has made the final here", said 24-year-old Muguruza.

Tsurenko has now reached the last 16 in Paris for the first time, equalling her best run at a Slam at the 2016 US Open.

The fall-out from that spat was still sending shockwaves through Wimbledon two years later when Mouratoglou had reportedly said that Victoria Azarenka - a former world number one and close friend of Williams - was a better player than the Russian.

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"I think there are a lot of things in Serena's game that she's done much better than I have", Sharapova told reporters.

'I mean, the records don't certainly elaborate on that.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova saw her dreams of victory in Paris ended by a fantastic display by Anett Kontaveit. So it works out great for me.

Sharapova quickly dispatched of Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-1 in her round of 32 matchup Saturday on Court Philippe Chatrier. I was surprised about that.

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Williams then traded breaks with Goerges in the third and fourth games of the second set, but won a decisive fourth break in the fifth game of the second set.

The way in which Sharapova sent down winners down the line and displayed powerful shots to win her points evoked memories of her early days as a player and sent out a clear message that she was here for the long haul and could possibly end up winning the title.

The most anticipated match of the tournament will be their 22nd head-to-head meeting; Williams has won 19 so far, including 18 in a row.

She next plays seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France.

"I'm just really trying to get my bearings and trying to feel out where I am and see where I can go".

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