Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Sharapova rolls past Pliskova at Roland Garros

Sharapova rolls past Pliskova at Roland Garros

Serena Williams brought out her "Black Panther" catsuit again at the French Open on Wednesday, teaming with sister Venus to beat Japan's Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in doubles. Then I spend all this time with Olympia. "I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of awesome women and kids".

Williams, seeking a 24th Grand Slam title, is to face Germany's Julia Goerges for a place in the last 16. Williams, the 23-time major champion, gave birth to a daughter in September and saw her rankings tumble while she was out.

"I lost the first set and I thought you know I've got to try harder".

But from somewhere Williams got her serve firing and summoned up her powerful groundstrokes to blow Barty away 3-6 6-3 6-4.

In men's third-round action, unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov completed a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win against 15th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France.

Sloane Stephens, the 10th seed, also is through to the fourth round for a fifth time in her seven visits to Roland Garros after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy 4-6, 6-1, 8-6. It lead to her having a laugh as the chair umpire begged for the crown to maintain decorum. 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 match between tennis' two comeback queens turned the instant Williams released a primal roar after blasting a backhand return victor after being broken in the opening game of the second set. But her level when she's not quite on her best (form) is still bloody good. But this is just my third tournament back and I've had a long break since my last one, so I'm probably not where I was before I left.

These two played once, which was in the 2015 Davis Cup, a match Sharapova won in straight sets. I want to do the best that I can. Thursday marked the first Top 20 win of her comeback.

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

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