There were more shock exits in the Ladies draw at the French Open yesterday.
Maria Sharapova of Russia, a two-time champion at Roland Garros, stepped onto Court Philippe Chatrier for the first time in three years, to face the 6th seed, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their third round match.
We all know that Sharapova loves the big stage and when she has the opportunity to perform there, then her famous shrieks also pitch up in droves.
The two players had only played once before, during a Fed Cup match in 2015, where Sharapova came up trumps.
Fast forward to yesterday’s match, with Sharapova knowing that she needed to clip the Pliskova service game from the onset and had to stop her from dominating the match from the baseline.
Sharapova executed her plan with precision and only needed 59 minutes to defeat Pliskova 6-2 6-1.
As for Pliskova, she was nowhere in the match. Whether it was the thought of playing against Sharapova, Sharapova’s plan or ear deafening shrieks, the Czech player just seemed to wilt on the other side of the court.
In another upset, the 25th seed, Anett Kontaveit of Estonia sent the bookies rallying after her surprise defeat of the 8th seed, Czech Republic player, Petra Kvitova, 7-6(6) 7-6(4) on Court 1.
Despite having played twice before, with Kvitova winning both matches, the Estonian player had a great run up on the clay court surfaces to the French Open, having already “scalped” Venus Williams twice and Caroline Wozniacki.
Kvitova was in great form going into the match, having won both the Prague and Madrid titles.
Despite the match only lasting two set tie-breaks, it was a close humdinger with Kvitova forcing her opponent to fight hard for the victory.