Serena Williams roars on to set up Sharapova blockbuster

Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Germany's Julia Goerges. (Reuters)

There was no messing around for Serena Williams on Saturday as she took only 75 minutes to knock out German 11th seed Julia Goerges 6-3 6-4 at the French Open and set up a heavyweight fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova.

Just seven matches into her comeback following a maternity break, Williams impressed all those watching on the 10,000-seater Suzanne Lenglen Court -- including former boxing champion Mike Tyson -- by pulverising her opponent.

After she broke for a 3-1 lead with a blazing crosscourt winner, tremors were felt all around the arena as Williams smashed the ball away with all her might to wrap up the opening set.

Goerges broke the 23-times Grand Slam champion in the fourth game of the second set to get back on level terms at 2-2 but her moment in the spotlight was fleeting as she dropped serve in the very next game and Williams roared on to an easy victory.

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