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Serena sets up last 16 clash with Sharapova; Nadal swats aside Gasquet

Serena sets up last 16 clash with Sharapova; Nadal swats aside Gasquet

Serena continues to chip away rust and seems to be sharper each time she takes the court. No, wait, she said!

Williams then charged on to win the set and match 6-4, seemingly getting better with each match she plays.

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Sharapova hasn't defeated Williams in 14 years and is frank when it comes to discussing the reasons behind that drought.

Williams, 36, has played only a handful of matches this year but the three-times French Open champion has looked so unsafe in her black bodysuit in Paris that she seems capable of defying conventional wisdom and reclaiming the title. Spanish third seed Muguruza, the 2016 victor in Paris and the reigning Wimbledon champion, fired 15 winners past Stosur, the 34-year-old 2010 runner-up and former US Open champion.

On Saturday, Williams called the idea that she had been in tears after a loss normal and added, "I didn't expect to be reading a book about me that wasn't necessarily true".

"Especially having a daughter, like, I feel like negativity is taught", she said. Women should encourage each other.

"As a fan, I wanted to read the book and I was really excited for it to come out and I was really happy for her".

"I knew it was my match to win", the 31-year-old said. In essence, she was at least as good in nearly every area of the game as everyone else and better than most.

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Serena suffered her second defeat in three meetings with Sharapova in 2004 at the WTA Tour Championships but hit back in some style just three months later at Melbourne Park.

She next plays seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France. "I play everyone so hard because they play me really hard and I always have to be ready for it", said Williams, whose ranking of 451 is not fooling any of her opponents. This will be another test. "She's never forgiven me for it".

Williams and Sharapova, meanwhile, are set to get underway at 5 a.m. E.T. on Monday.

Against Pliskova, Sharapova, who is seeded 28th after missing the French Open the past two years, held an 18-5 edge in winners and broke the 2016 US Open runner-up in five of her seven service games. The way they ended their run may end up better remembered than their previous struggles, though, as goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli's flying injury-time header earned them a 2-2 draw with AC Milan.

But against Gorges she underlined her credentials, dominating from the start with a break in the fourth game and she took the first set with an emphatic smash.

"Any time you play against Serena, you know what you're up against. You know the challenge that is upon you", she said.

"I always look forward to coming out on the court and competing against the best player", the five-time grand slam victor said.

"I was one of the few people that said that she was fearless to say something", said Williams referring to Sharapova's "drug incident". Argentinian fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro reached the French Open fourth round for the first time in six years by seeing off Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Saturday. And there was the complete third-round domination of 11th-seeded Julia Gorges to set up Monday's meeting with Sharapova. "At least the stuff I read, which was a little bit disappointing". "I'm pleased because I felt in control in the match". But, yeah, this is just my third tournament back and I have had a long break since my last one, so I´m probably not where I was before I left. "I feel like a superhero when I wear it". 15-love. "What happens there should definitely maybe stay there".