"It's a Wimbledon final, you know".
Sharapova and Williams have met 21 times, with the American leading the head-to-head record 19-2 after 18 consecutive wins dating back to 2004.
"I was changing and she was bawling. This time previous year I was pregnant and I was having a tough time and then I had a tough birth so every match at this stage of my return is a bonus", said Williams, who suffered multiple complications following the birth of her daughter. I think it's normal. Sharapova earned probably the biggest win since her return, and she did so by winning 67 percent of her total service points and breaking five times.
Williams yelled loudly and raised her fist. She had played only four matches - going 2-2 - all season until this week. "I think what happens there should definitely maybe stay there and not necessarily talked about it in a not-so-positive way in a book".
"Serena and I should be friends; we have the same passion".
The world number one's record at Roland Garros now stands at 82 wins and just two losses.
"I lost the first set and thought I must try harder, I must try harder - and then Serena came out". "You know the challenge that is upon you".
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Sharapova is the sharper player and is coming off her best performance yet, but I'm not ready to say she's back and somebody I'm looking to bet on.
Williams took only 75 minutes to deliver the knockout punch that flattened the German 11th seed 6-3 6-4 and set up a heavyweight fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova.
Sharapova hasn't defeated Williams in 14 years and is frank when it comes to discussing the reasons behind that drought. There were issues with her court positioning, her movement looked suspect, and she missed easy shots that we would never expect. Men's winners included 10-time champion Rafael Nadal, No. 3 Marin Cilic, No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 6 Kevin Anderson and No. 9 John Isner. "I'm playing tougher opponents and I'm hanging in there", said Williams, whose trophy collection includes three Suzanne Lenglen Cups.
"Been able to put myself in this position of playing better tennis".
Williams, who returned to tennis in March, was asked about her chances at Roland Garros - a tournament she last won in 2015.
"But I love that I said that, because I can understand". You know, I was, like, "oh, okay". She had a great run in Rome as well.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion eased to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory on Chatrier to reach his 40th last-16 at a Slam.
Estonian 25th seed Anett Kontaveit made the last 16 for the first time by downing Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova who saw her 13-match win streak end in a horror show of 57 unforced errors. In a Reddit post confirming her engagement in 2017, Williams traced their lunch back to Rome, where Ohanian ultimately proposed. She will, however, need to be more consistent if she is to beat the Czech, a semi-finalist here past year. I just started. So Im just really trying to get my bearings and trying to feel out where I am and see where I can go..