Maria Sharapova not concerned about Samantha Stosur
SAMANTHA Stosur, Australia's sole survivor in the women's draw at the French Open, faces her moment of truth against defending champion Maria Sharapova tonight.
Stosur, seeded 26, steamrolled French wildcard Amandine Hesse 6-0 6-1 in the second round but will need to overcome a 14-2 career record in favour of Sharapova to make it to the round of 16.
The pair met in the fourth round last year, with the Russian prevailing 3-6 6-4 6-0 before going on to beat Simona Halep in the final.
Sharapova seemed any thing but concerned when asked about Stosur's form resurgence since reuniting with former coach Dave Taylor, which included victory in last week's Strasbourg Open.
"We faced in the fourth round here last year. I don't know if there is much of a difference really," the world No.2 said.
The winner of the match will have a great chance to progress deep into the second week with the bottom of the women's draw looking wide open after No.3 seed Halep was surprisingly beaten 7-5 6-1 in the second round by Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
Meanwhile, young Aussie Nick Kyrgios received a free ride into the next round after his second-round opponent, British qualifier Kyle Edmund, withdrew because of a stomach injury.
Kyrgios was drawn to meet No.3 seed Andy Murray in the third round provided the Scot survived last night's assignment against Portugal's Joao Sousa.
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