Sharapova ready to 'bring it' in potential Serena clash

Kristopher Nichols
June 3, 2018

Sharapova's last win over Serena came in the 2004 WTA Championships. "You know the challenge that is upon you".

"I always look forward to coming out on the court and competing against the best player".

Serena, who looked stylish on the court in a black catsuit with a red band across her waist, received a sweet message from her husband, Alexis Ohanian, after her and Venus' big win. I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going. "I think there were only really a couple of games, a couple of my service games, but I don't think there was really a hell of a lot in that match". "I've got to just try harder.' And Serena came out", Williams told the crowd, leaning forward and breaking into laughter.

"I think what happens there should definitely stay there and not necessarily (be) talked about in a not-so-positive way in a book".

The temperature hit 25C in Paris but it did not seem to affect the 23-time major victor in her first Grand Slam match since giving birth last September. Serena has also won each of the last 16 sets against Sharapova.

NYT tennis reporter Christopher Clarey writes: "Serena Williams's personal life and priorities have certainly changed in the past 16 months, but she was not going to bid adieu to the French Open without a fight".

Top seed Simona Halep reached the third round with a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win over Taylor Townsend of the US. Petkovic needed treatment to her right leg and had it bandaged above and below the knee.

She next plays 16th-seeded Elise Mertens, who won 6-3, 6-1 against No. 24 Daria Gavrilova.

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In the second, Goerges dropped serve in the third game to trail 1-2 but claimed Williams' serve the next game only to lose hers straight away to trail 2-3.

But against Gorges she underlined her credentials, dominating from the start with a break in the fourth game and she took the first set with an emphatic smash.

"Quite frankly, she's probably a favorite in this match, for sure", added Serena.

Muguruza next faces 39th-ranked Lesia Tsurenko, who upset 19th-seeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-4.

That French Open defeat at the hands of Virginie Razzano ignited a spark rarely ever seen in tennis as she won her next two Grand Slams and her first Olympics singles title.

The Estonian 22-year-old defeated her more experienced counterpart 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) after Kvitova had threatened a comeback after breaking Kontaveit twice when she served for the match.

Thankfully, she's no longer striving for perfection but hoping "to be the best mom I can be".

Nadal played down thoughts that he is unbeatable on clay - Austrian Dominic Thiem is the only player to win against him on the surface this year in Madrid.

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