Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova roll into French Open showdown


Maria Sharapova was back on Roland Garros' main stage for the first time in three years and put on a dazzling display as she demolished Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-1 to reach the French Open fourth round. I was just making so many errors.

On the final episode of Being Serena, Serena Williams struggled physically after returning to full time tennis training. "Mostly, I miss winning".

"I had a lot of problems with those - I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months", she said. And then I think early in the second set, in that game, at 1-0, [Serena] stepped it up a notch.

"Sometimes you have a good day and sometimes you have a bad day, but I tried as hard as I could", said Kvitova.

As Barty said, "I think when push came to shove, the real Serena came out".

Williams said the catsuit was crucial for her health and well-being, claiming it prevented the return of blood clots which left her life in danger after she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September past year.

Williams also told the magazine, of which she is the cover star, that she will "never be a size 4" when referring to comments she made several years about losing weight to get down to that size.

But both are on the road back towards the top of the sport after their recent absences.

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Williams is not back to being that player yet. I don't play anyone different.

The last time they played was at the 2016 Australian Open. While clay isn't the best for Pliskova's service game, she's going to be a tough out if she continues to get free points and gets her first serve in play at a high percentage.

The rivalry between the two has been a bitter one since the Russian's shock victory over Williams as a 17-year-old at Wimbledon, but she admitted that the "numbers don't lie".

If he wins in straight sets on Saturday, he will take his run of consecutive completed sets to 34, just seven shy of the record held by Bjorn Borg between 1979 and 1981.

Williams referred to her biceps as her "weapon and machine" and is now flexing them at the French Open. Louis Paul tries to juggle his role as a father and as a coach in the best way he knows how, but concedes that it can be challenging.

"If I wasn't playing tennis, I'd be pregnant right now - sorry, I'm one of those women", she said.

"I think there is a lot of things in her game that she's done much better than I have".

But for all the bad blood between the two 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. But we are not. "Love you all!" she captioned a photo on Tuesday.