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Serena, Sharapova set-up French Open last-16 clash


Serena Williams of the US holds a ball as she prepares to serve to Germany’s Julia Goerges during their women’s singles third round match on day seven of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSON

Serena Williams set up a mouth-watering French Open last-16 duel against bitter rival Maria Sharapova on Saturday.

Three-time champion Williams made the fourth round with a ruthless 6-3, 6-4 romp past German 11th seed Julia Goerges.

Sharapova, the 2012 and 2014 winner in Paris, was equally impressive, seeing off Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-1.


Sharapova and Williams have met 21 times, with the American leading the head-to-head record 19-2 after 18 consecutive wins.

The Russian has not beaten her nemesis since 2004 — before even the birth of Twitter and YouTube.

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