Maria Sharapova set up a potential last-16 conflict with Serena Williams by pounding 6th seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-1 in the French Open third round on Saturday. The five-time Grand Slam champion delivered one of her best exhibitions since coming back from a doping boycott, cruising to an absolutely uneven win in her first match on Court Philippe Chatrier for a long time.
“I knew I needed to play well against an extreme rival. I figured out how to remain forceful and I played savvy also,” said Sharapova, who charmed a half-full Chatrier by saying thanks to them for their help in French.
The Russian, victor in Paris in 2012 and 2014, is seeded at a noteworthy out of the blue since testing positive for meldonium two years back. A started up Sharapova fueled 18 victors past her kindred previous world number one Pliskova, with the Czech failing to threaten any opposition in a match which kept going only 59 minutes.
Truant from the competition throughout the previous two years subsequent to falling flat a medications test in 2016, coordinators selected not to provide first class hospitality for her rebound as they planned her far from the primary Philippe Chatrier court for her opening two matches.
Be that as it may, once she came back to the phase where she raised the Suzanne Lenglen trophy in 2012 and 2014, the Russian demonstrated she was could even now be a ruinous power as she cleared out 2017 semi-finalist Pliskova pursuing for the exit 59 minutes.
Next up will be a gathering with either her long-term adversary Serena Williams, who has beaten Sharapova in 18 progressive experiences going back to 2005, or Germany’s Julia Goerges. She will next face either 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams or German eleventh seed Julia Goerges, who play later on Saturday, in the fourth round.
Sharapova and Serena have met 21 times, with the American driving the no holds barred record 19-2 after 18 sequential wins going back to 2004. Sharapova had battled on serve in her opening wins over Richel Hogenkamp and Donna Vekic, and she was broken in the main round of the match.
In any case, the Russian, now positioned 30 on the planet, totally overwhelmed whatever remains of the match against her latent rival. She indicated trickiness and in addition control as well, raising match point with a flawless strike drop shot, maybe sending a notice to Serena all the while.