Maria finds feet on clay
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.