‘No more a cow on ice’ – Maria Sharapova who once described her movement on the slow red surface clay courts as ‘cow on ice’ has mastered the technique well at Roland Garros. The seventh seed came strongly from the first set down to beat nineteenth seeded Australia’s Samantha Stosur 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. With this win Sharapova makes to yet another quarter-final of French Open. She has been the winner of French Open 2012 and last finalist losing to Serena Williams.
Sharapova had a shaky start playing at the Court Suzanne Lenglen against a very solid looking Samantha Stosur. Both the ladies came off good third round matches, especially Sharapova who had not dropped a single game point in her third round match against Paula Ormaechea. Not allowing Sharapova to play her natural aggressive game, Samantha nearly dominated the match for first set and half till the Russian ace found her groove back in the game.
In a very close encounter, Sharapova broke Samantha in the second set to go 2-0 up but squandered the lead as the Australian fought back to level the game points in second set. Sharapova broke Samantha’s service again to win the second set and level the match to set a piece.
And it was all about Sharapova in the third set as the 2012 champion raced away with the set and match in just 31 minutes. Sharapova’s dominance could be felt as she won 31 points of Samantha’s 9 points in last set. The nineteenth seed looked hapless against Sharapova’s might hitting and powerful forehand winners. With few unforced errors on her service game, Maria Sharapova finally managed to win the fourth round match on her second match point with a fine winner.
Moving to quarter-finals with no Serena Williams clash, Maria Sharapova is hot favourite to win against Garbine Muguruza, the player who conquered over Serena Williams. Looks like a tricky affair.
Playing earlier on Sunday was Canadian rising star Eugenie Bouchard who is in her half of the draw. She had an easy win over the eighth seed Angelique Kerber 6-1 6-2 in just 52 minutes to book a berth in the quarter-finals.