Australian Open Preview: Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova

January 25, 2016 8:45 PM Eastern Time
Venue: Rodlaver Arena

It’s a reunion of some sort though it wasn’t really that long since Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova went against each other. Their spectacular display and rivalry have always excited tennis aficionados across the globe and surely, their upcoming meeting in the 2016 Australian Open Quarterfinal has transformed into one of the most awaited sporting events.

Ranked 5th in the world, Sharapova secured a 7-5 7-5 win over Belinda Bencic. The match witnessed her snatching 21 aces, much to the delight of her supporters and followers.

Battling against Williams isn’t new to the Russian contender. Their matches have always been something to look forward to since she defeated Williams in 2004. It was an upset—perhaps one of the greatest to be recorded in the history of women tennis. Yet, since that victory, Sharapova struggled to replicate such feat as her American opponent returned her the favor of experiencing a devastating loss. Sharapova is now experiencing the upset as she tries to bridge the 2-18 gap between her and Williams.

On the other hand, Williams entered the Quarterfinal with a convincing 6-2 6-1 triumph over Margarita Gasparyan and while it’s true that she’s the heavy favorite over Sharapova, this doesn’t stop the World’s top seed for craving for more.

It’s no longer revenge that will drive Williams to destroy Sharapova. Last year, her fallout in the US Open will certainly motivate her to win this match and hopefully, secure another important title.

Currently, there’s no doubt that the pressure is on to Sharapova. Her painful losing streak needs to stop immediately. It will not be an easy battle for her though considering how Williams took her revenge quite seriously and consistently.

With this regard, it is not surprising to see Williams get the upper hand again.
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