Serena Williams overcame huge mental and bodily hurdles to beat sister Venus and longtime foe Victoria Azarenka in successive matches to reach the Wimbledon semifinals and keep her hopes for a calendar year Grand Slam alive. Her reward for doing so is a meeting with a player she has owned like no other in their head-to-head series, Maria Sharapova.
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Given that the Russian has been Williams’ closest rival in terms of success for much of the last five years and is the only other active player to have won all four Grand Slam titles, it is strange that the American has won 16 straight contests between the two. Indeed, rarely have their matches even been close. The sets won between them since the start of 2005 reads 32-3 in favor of Williams. Five of their meetings have come in Grand Slam finals, including earlier this year when Williams came out on top to lift the Australian Open.
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“I love playing Maria,” Williams said after getting past Azarenka in the quarterfinals. “I think she brings out the best in me. I think I bring out the best in her. I thought we had a great final in Australia. It was very amusing. She played really well. For me, I don’t feel like I have any pressure going into this match. We both actually lost early last year. We both are kind of enjoying this moment and one of us will be in the final.”
Serena Williams Vs Maria Sharapova Wimbledon Match
Since the Australian Open victory, Williams has gone on to claim the French Open to prompt fervent discussion about her prospects of becoming the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to take a clean sweep of Grand Slam titles in a single year. While she was able to take the title in Paris despite battling illness and not being at her best, she has been incredibly sharp in defeating five time Wimbledon champion Venus and former world No. 1 Azarenka this week.