Maria Sharapova blows away Pliskova to lay down French Open marker

Maria Sharapova blows away Pliskova to lay down French Open marker

Maria Sharapova blows away Pliskova to lay down French Open marker

Williams' comeback victory in Paris not only sent out a warning to her rivals in women's tennis but also proved she can still "crank up" her game when needed, says The Guardian.

Serena returned to the tennis court for her first Grand Slam appearance at the French Open earlier this week, and will also be at Wimbledon, after becoming a first-time mum in September. Then came the second-round match against Ashleigh Barty. But the good news is I feel like I'm definitely going to get there.

Williams faces her next opponent, the 11th-seeded Julia Görges from Germany, tomorrow in the round of 32.

Williams has always been a thoroughbred front-runner and she served her way into the third round as the sky darkened and the Mexican waves flowed around Philippe Chatrier.

"I call it my Wakanda-inspired catsuit", Williams said adding it was designed for her before the movie came out. But as Williams beat Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets, fans were even more excited about what she was wearing.

Barty led by a set and a break before falling 3-6 6-3 6-4 to the returning grand slam colossus.

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She managed to maintain her intensity to claim the second set 6-3 and sealed it with an ace after just over an hour of action. Pliskova managed to win 61 percent of her total service points and produced 13 aces in her second round victory. "And one of her best assets is that when her back is against the wall, the best comes out". Williams, though, was clearly not at her best.

"I mean, for me, you want to play the big names and you want to test yourself against the best, and I think any opportunity you can do that is good", she said.

"If I were to play my former self, I'm not sure I would win".

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. She said: "People would say I was born a guy, all because of my arms, or because I'm strong".

"You know I also felt the pleasure in the past, but I couldn't show it, so now I relax myself".

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