Serena Wins Again, Sets Up Sharapova Match

Jun 03, 2018, 21:27
Serena Wins Again, Sets Up Sharapova Match

Sharapova and Williams have met 21 times, with the American leading the head-to-head record 19-2 after 18 consecutive wins dating back to 2004.

The two players have had their public falling-outs over the years, but on the court Williams rules. But that winning streak could end in the fourth round at Roland Garros.

Serena Williams has spoken about coping with postpartum depression following her daughter's hard birth.

"I wanted to read the book and I was really excited for it to come out and I was really happy for her".

"This is the first time I've come into an event with, really, not too many expectations, you know".

"Honestly, sometimes I think I still have to deal with it". I think it's normal.

But Williams said she viewed Sharapova as the favorite in their upcoming matchup.

"The book was a lot about me". If I can do it, so can you.

"I think what happens there should definitely maybe stay there and not necessarily talk about it in a not-so-positive way in a book". 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".

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.

"Because there is nothing, ultimately nothing, more inspiring than coming out on the court and - whether you don't feel great or you're having the best day - to have to try to win a match after all we have already achieved". If anything, I feel like we should encourage each other, and the success of one female should be the inspiration to another.

Williams made only three unforced errors in the opening set, 12 in all.

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

Sharapova has lost their last seven meetings in straight sets and has managed to take only three sets off the 36-year-old in those 18 straight defeats. "I was surprised about that, to be honest", Williams said.

Williams also addressed the doping scandal, involving Sharapova taking meldonium for health issues since 2006 - the substance which was added to the list of banned drugs in 2016.

After struggling and losing the first set against 17th-ranked Ashleigh Barty in the second round, Williams' performance Saturday was a major improvement.

Earlier, Sharapova marked her first appearance on Court Philippe Chatrier in three years with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Karolina Pliskova while 10-time champion Rafael Nadal defeated childhood friend Richard Gasquet for the 16th time.

"You know the challenge that is upon you". Not yet. But on Saturday, she cruised past her toughest test since returning to the tennis court after giving birth, and set up another one.

"I knew it was my match to win", the 31-year-old said.

"She competes better than anybody for a long, long time". "She's been playing. for over a year now".