Maria finds feet on clay

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

MARIA Shara­pova set up a po­ten­tial last-16 clash with Ser­ena Wil­liams by crush­ing sixth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-1 in the French Open third round last night.

The five-time Grand Slam cham­pion pro­duced one of her best per­for­mances since re­turn­ing from a dop­ing ban, cruis­ing to a to­tally one-sided win in her first match on Court Philippe Cha­trier for three years.

“I knew I had to play well against a tough op­po­nent. I man­aged to stay ag­gres­sive and I played smart as well,” said Shara­pova.

The Rus­sian — win­ner in Paris in 2012 and 2014 — is seeded at a ma­jor for the first time since test­ing pos­i­tive for mel­do­nium two years ago.

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