Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Serena roars on to set up Sharapova blockbuster

Serena roars on to set up Sharapova blockbuster

Williams, who was one of the star guests at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this month, returned to the tennis court for her first Grand Slam appearance this week at the French Open, and she will also be at Wimbledon this year.

Standing in her way in the fourth round could be her old adversary Serena Williams. She won 12 consecutive points on her serve during one run.

Serena Williams of the US celebrates as she defeats Germany's Julia Georges during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Paris. Both have been ranked No 1.

Argentinian fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro reached the French Open fourth round for the first time in six years by seeing off Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Saturday.

The pair will meet in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday in their first match since the 2016 Australian Open. They met in the Paris final in 2013 and in the quarter-final of the 2016 Australian Open, which was Sharapova's last match before a 15-month doping ban. I think this is just one of her best surfaces, and she always does really, really well here.

Women's top seed Simona Halep, twice a runner-up, has been shunted out to Court 18 for her third round clash against experienced German Andrea Petkovic.

"It's really special to be here again".

A lot has changed for both Williams and Sharapova, and the excitement surrounding this match-up - which was flagged the second the draw was made 10 days ago - is certainly palpable here in Paris.

Next up will be a meeting with either her long-time nemesis Serena Williams, who has beaten Sharapova in 18 successive encounters dating back to 2005, or Germany's Julia Goerges.

England win while Germans lose again
England's win ensured its unbeaten run is now at eight games, reaching back to its loss in France back in June past year . Cahill opened the scoring for England after heading in the resulting corner played by Trippier.

After that turnaround, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, looked ahead to the third round and predicted confidently: "She'll be ready". In the first set, Pliskova just could not get her serves in and when she did, Sharapova's returns were just too good for her.

He could not have been more right.

Against Goerges, the careless errors were largely absent. The missing energy was back, and how.

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.

But when Serena slammed a crosscourt forehand victor into an open court to break back in the next game, the roar that rocked Philippe Chatrier Court told the world she was not done yet.

That was part of a surge in which Williams claimed seven points in a row and never really looked back.

"She competes better than anybody for a long, long time". She gained control of the third nearly immediately, breaking to go ahead 2-1, then holding for 3-1.

The next test comes against Sharapova.

"You know, she's been playing for over a year now".

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