Paris: Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the French Open last-16 on Friday although she appeared on the verge of tears at the end of her straight-sets win over Samantha Stosur.
The world number two made the fourth round for the 11th time with a 6-3, 6-4 win over the 26th seeded Australian.
Maria Sharapova gets emotional after her win over Samantha Stosur on Friday. Pic/AFP
Sharapova admitted that her continuing struggles with a cold, which saw her coughing for large parts of the match, contributed to her emotional state at the end. “I have never felt like that on the court playing a Grand Slam, so this is kind of new,” said the 28-year-old. “I’m just trying to do the best that I can with the circumstances.”