The year was 2005. It was the 4th meeting between the beauty from Siberia and the fighter from Michigan. The match was setup for Maria Sharapova leading 6-2 5-4 and serving for the match. But Serena Williams went on to win the match 8-6 in the third.
From then on, it has been a one sided rivalry with Serena winning the next 16 meetings between the two and only dropping two sets in those matches. This included the 2007 Australian Open final in which an unseeded Williams destroyed Sharapova 6-1 6-2.
Sharapova has tried various things such as hiring a video analyst to analyse her matches against Serena following her defeat in the Olympics final but nothing has paid off.
Many people have suggested, including Chris Evert, that it may be impossible For ‘Masha’ to beat the 6-time Australian Open champion. Some people have even gone to the extent of saying that maybe Sharapova should become a left handed player (as she was a lefty when she was a kid) if she has to turn the tide against the younger Williams.
But as someone correctly said that “Nothing is Impossible”, we look at the things Sharapova needs to do to upset the World No. 1.
1 . Serve it up big
Maria Sharapova’s serving in the recent past has been very poor to say the least. A part of it has to do with the shoulder injury she suffered which forced he to use the shoulder over shoulder technique which reduces the serve’s power.
In the last 16 encounters with Williams she failed to cross the 70% first serve points won even once and the maximum aces she hit was a mere 5.
But in this tournament, to everyone’s surprise, she has been leading the aces chart with 51 of them. She served a mammoth 21 of them in the match against Belinda Bencic. If she continues this trend, she should put up a great fight against Serena.