Maria Sharapova to face Serena Williams after win over Karolina Pliskova

Sherman Parsons
June 3, 2018

Next for Williams is a third-round match against 11th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany.

Czech Pliskova made the semi-finals here a year ago, and may fancy her chances against Sharapova, who had to fight hard to get past Richel Hogenkamp and Vekic in her first two matches. "She's so young, I don't really bring her".

"I am so happy to be back here".

"I lost the first set and just thought "you know what?"

Serena Williams said she felt like a "superhero" in the black catsuit she wore during the 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open.

However, Thursday was a tougher proposition for the 36-year-old American, who was playing just her sixth match of this year.

U.S. tennis star Serena Williams said her new black catsuit made her feel like a superhero and powered her to victory at the French Open in Paris on Tuesday.

She added: "Olympia needs a little sister, and then we can have a boy".

Barty wrapped it up when Williams netted a weary-looking forehand, her 12th unforced error of the set.

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Williams also believes that fighting back from losing the first set will be beneficial in sharpening her game.

The very first game featured an ace at 181 kph and when it ended with Pliskova netting a backhand, the chair umpire intoned, "Jeu, Madame Williams", - French for "Game, Mrs Williams", a change from the "Mademoiselle" officials use for unmarried female players.

Pliskova also broke to tie the game at 3-3.

"I'm concerned how that's going to work out for me, because normally in Grand Slams I do spend a lot of time at the site".

But the internet is filled with conspiracy theories that she was born a man. Theories that Williams is well aware of as she wrote an open letter to her mother, thanking her for her support over the issue, last year.

The match is a repeat of Nadal's straight-sets victory at the same third-round stage the last time they met in Paris back in 2005.

Taking to the court of the French Open this week, Serena donned a Wakanda-inspired catsuit, something that got everyone talking for all the right reasons.

Fognini joins compatriot Marco Cecchinato in the fourth round, the first time that more than one Italian has made the last 16 since 1976.

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