She had some problems in her initial two outings in Paris, including in the second round, when she dropped the first set against 17th-seeded Ashleigh Barty before as Williams herself put it Serena came out.. Sharapova and Serena have met 21 times, with the American leading the head-to-head record 19-2 after 18 consecutive wins dating back to 2004.
"She's playing really well and I think this is her best surface, so we'll see", Williams said of Sharapova. "I just started. So I'm just really trying to get my bearings and trying to feel out where I am and see where I can go", Williams explained.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet in the last-16 of the French Open after both former champions eased through their third round matches on Saturday.
Stephens failed to reach round four at Roland Garros in 2011, when she lost in the first round at her first French Open, and in 2016, when she lost in the third round.
However, Williams found the breakthrough once more and soon set up a tie with Sharapova. Williams won, but Sharapova went on to beat Williams at Wimbledon and WTA championship of the same year.
"She's probably a favourite in this match", Williams said.
A lot of things in her game that she's done much better than I have. "I didn't know she looked up to me that much or was so involved in my career".
Williams then traded breaks with Goerges in the third and fourth games of the second set, but won a decisive fourth break in the fifth game of the second set. Other women moving into the fourth round included 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, two-time runner-up Simona Halep, two-time major title victor Angelique Kerber and reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.
Sharapova, the victor in Paris in 2012 and 2014, missed last year's edition after being denied a wild card following her return to the game from a doping exile, but had little trouble against sixth-seed Karolina Pliskova.
Standing in her way next is two-time champion Sharapova in what will be their earliest meeting at a tournament since Wimbledon 2010.
Sharapova, who's won the tournament twice, indicated that she takes the task of playing the three-time champion very seriously. Williams is working her way through Roland Garros as an unseeded player, a combination of discretionary decision-making and antiquated thinking by tournament officials leaving her off the top of the bracket as she makes her return after having a baby. It's never an easy match against a grand slam champion.
But because no match-up in a women's field packed with potential Grand Slam winners provides the "edge" that is so apparent whenever the two spiky old warriors face each other across a tennis net.
"I will look forward to doing that if she wins this one".
I´m working on that (smiling).´ It´s striking to hear you say that your self is coming out, that Serena is coming out.
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