Sharapova enjoys cold comfort
Defending champion Maria Sharapova made a potentially tricky third-round encounter look easy as she beat Australia’s Samantha Stosur 6-3 6-4 at the French Open.
Sharapova needed three sets to beat Stosur when the pair met in last year’s round of 16 but the Russian enjoyed a much simpler passage this time, winning in one hour and 40 minutes.
The victory wraps up a successful first week for the second seed, who has reached three consecutive finals at Roland Garros and now plays Czech Lucie Safarova for a place in the quarter-finals.
“This week has been about just getting the job done,” Sharapova said. “The conditions in the first match and today have been quite tough.”
Sharapova has been suffering from a cold in her matches this week and she was seen coughing again during her contest on Philippe Chatrier.
Men’s second seed Federer looked as cool as the dull Paris weather as he beat Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur 6-4 6-3 6-2.
French number one Gilles Simon was the first home player through to the last 16 when he beat compatriot Nicolas Mahut 6-2 6-7(6) 6-7(6) 6-3 6-1.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was up against Spain’s Pablo Andujar trying to reach the last 16 for a fourth year running while crowd-pleaser Gael Monfils was playing Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.
Benoit Paire’s run was ended by Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych 6-1 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4.