Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Maria Sharapova reaches French Open fourth round and will face Serena Williams

Maria Sharapova reaches French Open fourth round and will face Serena Williams

Of course, she refers to herself in third person but with Serena, it's allowed.

"It's been different", she added. Whether her body will be able to keep up might be another matter.

She has dominated the headlines in Paris as much for her play - she came back from a set and break down to beat Ashleigh Barty in the second round - as for her striking all-black catsuit.

"Quite frankly, she's probably a favorite in this match, for sure", Williams said with a smile, knowing full well no one believed her.

"I think any time you play against Serena you know what you're up against. The connection that it gives me to Olympia, it's been one of the most magical things I've ever experienced".

"No matter the record against her, I still come into this tournament and want to put myself in the position to play against the best". I just didn't make any shots.

"But that side of the game, I feel, has improved in the last few months and I like the challenge of coming up against a really good server". 'I always wanted to be a superhero, and it's kind of my way of being a superhero'.

For an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Serena Williams wore a jacket that said: "Queen". "I was, like, 'Oh, OK, I didn't expect to be reading a book about me - that wasn't necessarily true'". "But I think this will be another test".

"Go Masha, please win Roland Garros, I am supporting you!" a Russian-speaking fan wrote.

The two players have had their public falling-outs over the years and Sharapova has not beaten her old foe in 14 years, including a defeat in the Paris final of 2013 and another in the quarter-final of the 2016 Australian Open, which was Sharapova's last match before a 15-month doping ban.

The most significant encounter between the two players since their last staredown took place at a distance.

This match could be exactly what Serena Williams needed.

But then, since her territorial scream of self-revelation midway through that second match, the real Serena has returned. Williams not only sprinted to the ball in time, she whipped a cross-court forehand passing victor to go up 3-1, then let out a loud yell and raised her fist.

"I just said I've got to be better, I've got to fight harder", Serena said. I do have a really nice relationship with her, and we - there is actually, I don't know if you know, but there is one day difference between my daughter and her daughter.

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