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Maria Sharapova thrashes Karolina Pliskova to set up potential Serena Williams clash

Maria Sharapova thrashes Karolina Pliskova to set up potential Serena Williams clash

"I think the book was 100% hearsay, which was a little bit disappointing", she said.

Roland Garros will be the place to be on Monday, when two former world number ones lock horns in what promises to be a titanic fourth-round tussle.

Sharapova is seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam since her suspension for using meldonium and is playing her first French Open since 2015 after being refused a wildcard by tournament organisers past year.

"I was, like, this is really interesting". When asked about the tie with Serena, Sharapova said, "I think anytime you play against Serena you know what you're up against".

"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". It's a Wimbledon final.it would be more shocking if I wasn't in tears.

Reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens fought tooth and nail, stopping Camila Giorgi twice from serving out the match to defeat the Italian 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 and set up a fourth round against Kontaveit.

"And then the book was a lot about me. I just started", Williams said.

"I think any time you play against Serena you know what you're up against".

After that turnaround, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, looked ahead to the third round and predicted confidently: "She'll be ready".

The 23-time grand slam singles victor then rejected Sharapova's suggestion that she hated her rival. "So I feel like now she's doing well again, and I have never had any hard feelings toward her". "I feel like women, especially, should bring each other up".




And it was the first of those - in the Wimbledon final - that Sharapova believes was the catalyst for Williams' domination since.

The Russian has only managed to take three sets off Williams during that run, with Serena winning their last seven meetings in straight sets.

Both players have traded barbs in the press over the course of the rivalry, some of which were extremely personal.

But for all the bad blood between the 2 over the years - often involving claims and counter-claims over their private lives - Sharapova added in her book that reconciliation may come once the on-court battles are over. "No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage".

Williams was asked about Sharapovas book, which was published previous year. "So, you know, it's just something new and different".

The two-time victor Shararapova raced through her match in 59 minutes with a solid serve and a bullish backhand as she completely out-classed Pliskova.

Sharapova had struggled on serve in her opening wins over Richel Hogenkamp and Donna Vekic, and she was broken in the very first game of the match. She next plays 16th-seeded Elise Mertens, who won 6-3, 6-1 against No. 24 Daria Gavrilova.

Williams also said the outfit helped her cope with the issue of blood clots, which she revealed, in February, nearly cost her life. Banishment followed. For a year since she has been rebuilding her career, now ranked 30 in the world.

"Everything that we have been able to achieve off the court, I have never really seen it as a competition", she said.

Sharapova broke the Czech three times and despite dropping serve once, took control of proceedings - firing eight winners compared to only two from Pliskova's racket.

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