Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Sharapova hits back at Serena for calling her book '100 percent hearsay'

Serena Williams File It was a disappointing day for Serena Williams
Kristopher Love | 09 June, 2018, 00:47

Sharapova, herself making a comeback after missing the last two French Opens following a doping ban, will face either Garbine Muguruza or Lesia Tsurenko in the last eight.

Williams posted an update on her Instagram account Tuesday, calling the ailment "incredibly frustrating". "It's extremely disappointing, but I made a promise to myself that if I'm not at least 50 percent, I shouldn't play", Serena said at the press conference. For Sharapova, she earns her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance since 2016, when Williams defeated her at the Australian Open.

The American is expected to undergo an MRI scan in Paris on Tuesday but had seen one doctor earlier in the day.

"But when I'm talking about progression or looking back at the weeks, I think there are a lot of good things like the way my body has handled the long matches that I have played, the back-to-backs".

The French Open marked only her third tournament of 2018 - and first since March - after Williams gave birth to daughter Olympia in September.

Sharapova also wished her speedy Recovery.

Asked about Williams' comments at her post-match media conference, Sharapova said: "I think it would be unusual for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years". She told a "shocked" media that she had suffered a pectoral muscle injury.

"I have known of him for many years", said Djokovic.

"At the end, she was just pushing the ball...."

Sharapova, 31, had her chance to reply on Wednesday after her chastening quarter-final defeat by Spain's Garbine Muguruza in which she won only three games. Williams has won 19 so far, including the past 18.

- World No 1 Halep admits her long-awaited first Grand Slam title might not arrive any time soon. Did she want to play mixed too? "I was trying what I could, but it just wasn't enough today". Informed of NY in two games won against sportswomen from Ukraine Tsurenko, after she withdrew from the tournament with a leg injury.

Nadal turned 32 Sunday but said he didn't feel old. It was her first grand slam withdrawal mid tournament. The Romanian beat Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1 to advance to her third quarter-finals at Roland Garros. This is 30-year-old's second time in the Round of 8 in French Open, last time being in 2012.

Also, Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to an incredible 11th French Open title by seeing off German Maximilian Marterer in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals. She beat Kristyna Pliskova in a two-set match, wearing a sleek Nike bodysuit that garnered lots of attention.

The siblings - one of the finest doubles teams ever - lost 6-0 in the third set to third seeds Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, with Serena's serve speed visibly declining. The American got the win on their only previous clash on clay, though, in Charleston two years ago, 6-1, 5-7, 7-5.