Relaxed Serena Williams on playing Maria Sharapova: 'I have nothing to lose'

Relaxed Serena Williams on playing Maria Sharapova: 'I have nothing to lose'

Relaxed Serena Williams on playing Maria Sharapova: 'I have nothing to lose'

In other third round matches, 10-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 6-2; Italy's 18th-seeded Fabio Fognini outlasted Briton Kyle Edmund, seeded 16, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 3 hours and 34-minutes; Sixth-seed Kevin Anderson beat Mischa Zverev of Germany 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4); Belgian David Goffin, seeded eighth, rallied for a 6-7 (6), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Frenchman Gael Monfils; Russian Karen Kachanov overpowered 15th-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

"Only when you have that intense antagonism can you find the strength to finish her off".

"I knew this would be very tough against a former US Open victor and a player who has made the final here", said 24-year-old Muguruza. The powerful-hitting Garcia was living up to her favourite hash-tag '#FlyWithCaro'.

She is rifling back through the pages of the calendar match by match in this tournament, heating up gradually, making her absence melt away. She said: "People would say I was born a guy, all because of my arms, or because I'm strong".

The Estonian 22-year-old defeated her more experienced counterpart 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) after Kvitova had threatened a comeback after breaking Kontaveit twice when she served for the match.

Garcia is coached by her father Louis-Paul, who believes her 2017 French Open was significant, but not life-changing.

In this September 6, 2002 file photo Serena Williams, of the U.S., returns to Lindsay Davenport, of the United States of America, during their semifinal match at the US Open in NY. "I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going". I don't play anyone different.

'I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon. All I can say is I love her, and I wish her all the best.' Djokovic also said that becoming a mum is much tougher than becoming a father: 'What woman has to go through with the pregnancy and birth and then everything after that?

The world No. 38 will face Alexander Zverev in the first match on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday.

Garcia came to Paris this season far more prepared than previous year.

Alongside her sister Venus, Serena will take to the doubles court on Friday against Kirsten Flipkins and Sara Errani. "Mostly, I miss winning". Williams broke again to move 4-2 ahead and bring victory into sight.

"I'm doing less unforced errors than in the past". I just didn't make any shots. She can look sluggish and completely off her game and then flip a switch to turn it around.

"You are always close and far". Because everyone in the top-100 plays tennis very well.

'You know, I was, like, Oh, okay.

Garcia's status at home continues to grow, as the French hope to see a first local women's singles champion since Mary Pierce in 2000.

'I think she hated me for seeing her at her lowest moment.

"I took a flight from Lyon to Paris and I think one person recognized me only".

"I will look forward to doing that if she wins this one".

Still, the way the crowd embraced her during her quarter-final run a year ago here remains an unforgettable memory for Garcia.

In the duo's only previous meeting, which happened at the 2014 Australian Open, Barty was beaten 6-2, 6-1. I felt really close to her.

Seconds later, Williams made reference to Sharapova's "incident of drugs".

"This is the first time I've come into an event with, really, not too many expectations, you know".

The American was also asked whether her experience of being at a Grand Slam had changed since becoming a mother.

Players coached by their parents is a common sight in tennis but it's not always an easy formula. Louis Paul tries to juggle his role as a father and as a coach in the best way he knows how, but concedes that it can be challenging.

"And as a coach it's a bit the same". She needs to win five more matches, and it only gets more hard from here. She said Sharapova should be the favorite Monday.

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