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Maria Sharapova out to stop rot against old rival Serena Williams

Maria Sharapova out to stop rot against old rival Serena Williams”

In just 59 minutes, the two-time French Open finalist easily overcame 16th-seed Mertens in their second career match, winning 63 percent of her first serves and 78 percent of her second, reported Efe.

Sharapova is competing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, following her 15-month doping ban and failure to qualify past year.

American Serena Williams' audacious attempt to win the French Open for a fourth time ended in crushing anti-climax on Monday as injury, rather than an old foe, forced the 36-year-old to admit defeat at Roland Garros.

Williams announced her withdrawal at a news conference at Roland Garros on Monday.

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"I don't know how the other players are before the matches, but I think I am very nervous before every match, and this is because I am like this", said Halep. "I'm just going to do what the doctor thinks I should do". "I didn't expect to be reading a book about me, that wasn't necessarily true".

The unseeded Australian, world No. 90, was the French Open finalist in 2010, a three-time semi-finalist and the victor of the US Open in 2011.

"The fact that I physically can't serve at all is a good indication that maybe I should just go back to the drawing board and stay positive and try to get better and not get it to a point where it could be a lot worse".

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"I was looking forward to my match against Serena today and am disappointed that she had to withdraw", the 28th seed said.

In a statement released by the tournament, Sharapova wished Williams "a speedy recovery". "Her game matches so well against mine".

"I made a promise to myself and to my coach and to my team that if I'm not at least 60% or 50%, then I probably shouldn't play".

The quarterfinals Tuesday are Sloane Stephens vs. Daria Kasatkina, and Madison Keys vs. Yulia Putintseva. "Basically, she couldn't play". I've pretty much had every injury in the book, but this is a little different. I think it's normal.

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"She was keen on playing Serena. I just started. So I'm just really trying to get my bearings and trying to feel out where I am and see where I can go", Serena stated.



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