All Eyes On Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova Clash

Lawrence Cooper
June 7, 2018

The match resumed after bad light stopped play on Sunday and Kasatkina won three straight games to reach her first grand slam quarter-final.

Sharapova's coach, Thomas Hogstedt, said that word of Williams' withdrawal arrived while his player was doing warmup exercises outside the locker room at Court Philippe Chatrier, waiting for the match ahead of theirs to finish.

Romanian Halep, twice a runner-up at Roland Garros, started slowly but once she found her groove, there was nothing the 16th seed could do to avoid a one-sided defeat.

The story was the same on Monday as Halep, a French Open finalist in 2014 and 2017, broke for 2-1 in the opening set and never looked back as she outmanoeuvred Mertens, who was sent chasing the ball all over the court.

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

She was unable to say whether or not she would be fit for Wimbledon which gets underway in four weeks' time.

She further said that the book was so much about her instead of Sharapova and she was actually surprised by it.

"I'm just going to do what the doctor thinks I should do and get all the evaluations on it". "I didn't expect to be reading a book about me, that wasn't necessarily true". This would have been their 22nd career meeting; Williams has won 19, including the past 18. Her continued participation in the game after becoming a mother makes her case for being the greatest of all time a tad bit stronger.

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"I have made every sacrifice that I could". "At least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing".

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out by Russian youngster Daria Kasatkina, who now meets American 10th seed Sloane Stephens.

Serena Williams is dropping out of the French Open with an injury. She played a final here.

"I have pretty much had every injury in the book. 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.

"I think Serena can get close to winning another Grand Slam".

"She was keen on playing Serena".

Despite her well-documented fall-outs with Sharapova, Williams insisted she had been looking forward to the match. "This match has had so much build-up".

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