Serena slams Sharapova book ahead of French Open clash

PARIS FRANCE- MAY 28 Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand during his mens singles first round match against Simone Bolelli of Italy during day two of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros

PARIS FRANCE- MAY 28 Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand during his mens singles first round match against Simone Bolelli of Italy during day two of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros

In this combination of file photographs created on June 3, 2018, Russia´s Maria Sharapova (L) plays a forehand return to Netherland´s Richel Hogenkamp during their women´s singles first round match at French Open on May 29, 2018 and (R) Serena Williams of the United States plays a backhand return to Germany´s Julia Goerges during their women´s singles third round match on June 2, 2018.

Goerges reached the last 16 at Roland Garros in 2015, but Serena should have plenty of added motivation knowing that victory could give her the chance to notch an incredible 19th consecutive win over long-time rival and five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova.

Two days ago Williams, the owner of three Roland Garros trophies, had to come from a set and break down to defeat 17th seed Ashleigh Barty.

Sharapova's Unstoppable: My Life So Far, released during her doping ban past year, claimed Williams hated her following the Russian's surprise win at the Wimbledon final in 2004.

"I think any time you play against Serena you know what you're up against", she started. “Despite the record that I have against her, I always look forward to coming out on the court and competing against the best players.”.

Williams and Sharapova will play Monday at 4 a.m. ET.

Nadal, who lost only two points in the first five games, will next play Germany's world number 70 Maximilian Marterer, who beat Estonian lucky loser Jurgen Zopp.

She won for proving she belongs among the top-seeded players on that court no matter how much the dopes who drew up the brackets thought it made sense to follow conventional wisdom and use regular WTA rankings for seeding purposes, essentially turning Williams's 16-month maternity leave into a punishment no woman on maternity leave should endure.

Williams and Sharapova are different - from each other and everyone else.

And it was the first of those - in the Wimbledon final - that Sharapova believes was the catalyst for Williams' domination since.

The last time they played was in the 2016 Australian Open quarterfinals, Sharapovas final appearance before her 15-month drug suspension.

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"I'm concerned how that's going to work out for me, because normally in Grand Slams I do spend a lot of time at the site".

"I was one of the few people that said that she was courageous to say something", said Williams referring to Sharapova's "drug incident".

“Any time you play against Serena, you know what youre up against.

However, it wasn't her straight sets win over Kristyna Pliskova which got people talking - it was her catsuit which she said made her feel like a "super hero" and a "warrior princess" with a nod to it being inspired by the "Black Panther" movie blockbuster. "I think it's a big win for her confidence". It's never an easy match against a grand slam champion.

While at the French Open, she was asked an awkward question by Bill Simons of Inside Tennis, including one involving President Donald Trump.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is now many pundits' favourites for the title after dismantling Sam Stosur.

Sharapova advanced with a similarly lopsided win, 6-2, 6-1 against 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova.

Sharapova, who's won the tournament twice, indicated that she takes the task of playing the three-time champion very seriously.

The Spaniard, victor in 2016 and seeded third, took just 62 minutes to see off Stosur, the former US Open victor, 6-0 6-2.

A reporter from Inside Tennis managed to bring President Trump into the mix, with the president once suggesting that, he said, Williams had been "intimidated" by Sharapova's "supermodel looks". The following year she beat her sister Venus in the Australian Open final, carrying her recently conceived baby.

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