Sport24.co.za | Serena, Sharapova set-up French Open last-16 clash

Paris – 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.

Results from day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros on Saturday (x denotes seeding):

Men

3rd round

Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x27) 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Maximilian Marterer (GER) bt Jurgen Zopp (EST) 6-2, 6-1, 6-4

Diego Schwartzman (ARG x11) bt Borna Coric (CRO) 7-5, 6-3, 6-3

Kevin Anderson (RSA x6) bt Mischa Zverev (GER) 6-1, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)

Marin Cilic (CRO x3) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Fabio Fognini (ITA x18) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR x16) 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x5) bt Albert Ramos (ESP x31) 7-5, 6-4, 6-1

David Goffin (BEL x8) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x32) 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

Karen Khachanov (RUS) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA x15) 6-3, 7-5, 6-3

Women

3rd round

Simona Halep (ROU x1) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 7-5, 6-0

Elise Mertens (BEL x16) bt Daria Gavrilova (AUS x24) 6-3, 6-1

Angelique Kerber (GER x12) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x18) 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4)

Caroline Garcia (FRA x7) bt Irina Begu (ROU) 6-1, 6-3

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x3) bt Sam Stosur (AUS) 6-0, 6-2

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK x19) 6-2, 6-4

Serena Williams (USA) bt Julia Grges (GER x11) 6-3, 6-4

Maria Sharapova (RUS x28) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE x6) 6-2, 6-1

Anett Kontaveit (EST x25) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x8) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/4)

Sloane Stephens (USA x10) bt Camila Giorgi (ITA) 4-6, 6-1, 8-6

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