French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova destroys Karolina Pliskova; Karen Khachanov through to the fourth round

French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova destroys Karolina Pliskova; Karen Khachanov through to the fourth round

 

Paris: Maria Sharapova set up a potential last-16 conflict with Serena Williams by pulverizing 6th seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-1 in the French Open third round on Saturday.

The five-time Grand Slam champion created one of her best exhibitions since coming back from a doping boycott, cruising to an absolutely uneven win in her first match on Court Philippe Chatrier for a long time.

“I knew I needed to play well against an extreme adversary. I figured out how to remain forceful and I played shrewdly too,” said Sharapova, who charmed a half-full Chatrier by saying thanks to them for their help in French.

The Russian, champ in Paris in 2012 and 2014, is seeded at a noteworthy out of the blue since testing positive for meldonium two years prior.

A started up Sharapova controlled 18 victors past her kindred previous world number one Pliskova, with the Czech failing to threaten any obstruction in a match which kept going only 59 minutes.

She will next face either 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams or German eleventh seed Julia Goerges, who play later on Saturday, in the fourth round.

Sharapova and Serena have met 21 times, with the American driving the straight on record 19-2 after 18 successive wins going back to 2004.

Sharapova had battled on serve in her opening wins over Richel Hogenkamp and Donna Vekic, and she was broken in the main session of the match.

Be that as it may, the Russian, now positioned 30 on the planet, absolutely overwhelmed whatever remains of the match against her latent rival.

She indicated cunning and power as well, raising match point with an immaculate strike drop shot, maybe sending a notice to Serena all the while.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens clung on for dear life to achieve the fourth round with a 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 triumph over Italian Camila Giorgi.

The American tenth seed had dropped only six amusements in her past two matches and ventured onto a sunbathed Court 18 holding an ideal record against Italian adversaries at majors.

Be that as it may, such measurements made a difference little to Giorgi and she cleared out Stephens shouting “What the heck going ahead?” in the wake of breaking the American to go 6-5 up in the last set.

Giorgi came into the challenge knowing she had the diversion to inconvenience the American, having won their last two experiences in straight sets, and it was the same on Saturday as she served for the match at 5-4 and again at 6-5.

French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova destroys Karolina Pliskova; Karen Khachanov through to the fourth round
French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova destroys Karolina Pliskova; Karen Khachanov through to the fourth round

Be that as it may, Stephens kept her nerve to crush spirit on the two events and was forcefully calmed when she saw Giorgi’s strike dash past the pattern on her first match point.

Stephens will trust her body does not experience the ill effects of the two hours 26 minutes tussle as she will be back on the court on Sunday for a confrontation with Czech Petra Kvitova’s champion, Estonian 25th seed Anett Kontaveit.

Khachanov downs Pouille

Hard-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov thumped out France’s main player Lucas Pouille 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the third round after the rain-hit coordinate continued on Saturday.

Khachanov, will’s identity in the last-16 for the second year in succession, dependably had fifteenth seed Pouille on the back foot and now goes up against German ‘wunderkind’ Alexander Zverev.

The match was hindered by rain on Friday with world number 38 Khachanov having won the initial two sets and the Russian was similarly as centered when play began again around Court Philippe Chatrier on Saturday.

“It was hard to be interfered with, you consider the match throughout the night, it was extremely troublesome for the two of us,” said Khachanov, who had effectively beaten Pouille in the last of the Marseille Open this year.

Khachanov prepares in Spain and has a considerable measure of claycourt rehearse added to his repertoire which told against Pouille, who seemed depleted on Friday after only two sets.

The Frenchman had undermined a rebound in the second set when he broke for 4-2, yet Khachanov stayed ice cool and crushed spirit, at that point won 11 of the 17 remaining diversions.

He finished the challenge with a stunning hurl to assert a determined win.

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French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova destroys Karolina Pliskova; Karen Khachanov through to the fourth round

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