Williams slams Sharapova book ahead of French Open clash
Jun 04 2018
That feat, pulled off in the Miami Open final, was actually the first set she'd won against Williams in five years. "I didn't know she looked up to me that much or was involved in my career", she elaborated.
Williams and Sharapova will play Monday at 4 a.m. ET.
Sharapova, who Williams has beaten 18 times in a row, claimed in her recent memoir "Unstoppable" that Serena "hated" her for hearing her cry after the 2004 Wimbledon final.
"They should follow the rules, otherwise play in the nude".
"It's been a while, and I think a lot has happened in our lives for the both of us in very different ways", said Sharapova.
Sharapova and Williams have met 21 times, with the American leading the head-to-head record 19-2 after 18 consecutive wins.
"I knew this would be very tough against a former US Open victor and a player who has made the final here", said 24-year-old Muguruza.
The 23-time grand slam singles victor then rejected Sharapova's suggestion that she hated her rival.
As big a hitter as Barty is in her own right, she isn't in Williams' class and never has been past the third round at a major tournament.
"I was wondering if it was in the rules", the Czech said. "I'm just going to go out there and enjoy myself, and for once, I have nothing to lose".
"I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon", she wrote.
"The book was 100% hearsay - at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing".
Williams showed no mercy and went on to take the first set 6-3 in just 31 minutes.
Sharapova quickly dispatched of Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-1 in her round of 32 matchup Saturday on Court Philippe Chatrier.
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. It lasted just 59 minutes, such was the comfort with which Sharapova operated. Other women moving into the fourth round included 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, two-time runner-up Simona Halep, two-time major title victor Angelique Kerber and reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.
Halep, twice a runner-up in Paris, will face Germany's Andrea Petkovic for a place in the last 16.
She next plays 16th-seeded Elise Mertens, who won 6-3, 6-1 against No. 24 Daria Gavrilova.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal has advanced to the fourth round of the French Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win against Richard Gasquet, improving to 16-0 against the Frenchman.
In the fourth game, as Williams tried to cash in on her fourth break point, Goerges interrupted a baseline rally with a drop shot. Sharapova has won 10 of her last 12 matches on clay court.
Muguruza faces 39th-ranked Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in the fourth round.
Two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova was a third-round casualty, the eighth seed going down in two tie-breaks to Anett Kontaveit.
Stephens failed to reach round four at Roland Garros in 2011, when she lost in the first round at her firstFrench Open, and in 2016, when she lost in the third round.