Sharapova enjoyed the intimacy of playing again on the ‘Bullring’ but believes facing Pliskova will pitch the duo onto Court Philippe-Chatrier.
“I would love to be there again, of course. I think from a draw perspective, it's an anticipated seeding match and it's been a while since I played Pliskova,” stated the 31-year-old, who prevailed 6-3 6-4 in their one and only meeting in Fed Cup action against Pliskova in 2015.
“It will be our first meeting on clay. It’s been a few years since I have been back on the court (2015); so if I do have a chance to play on it I will welcome it with open arms.”
Pliskova struck 13 aces to book a third round ticket on Thursday and Sharapova maintains her returning capabilities will be the key to progressing in a hard-hitting clash.
“There are a lot of things I feel I could have done better in the last two matches. I will have to produce that type of level against someone like Pliskova," she said.
"I think you have to kind of take care of the return. On that side of the game, I feel has improved in the last few months and I like the challenge of coming up against a really good server.”