Serena Williams faced her old foe Maria Sharapova in the first round of the US Open in women’s singles. Williams ruthlessly throw-down Sharapova from the game in just 59 minutes, who is five times Grand Slam winner.
In this month, Sharapova had already faced the loss in the first round in Toronto and Cincinnati Open. In US Open, she appeared 13 times, but it was the first time she lost the match in first-round.
Before the match, Williams versus Sharapova winning order was 19 times for Williams in a row over Russian Sharapova, whereas Sharapova merely 2 times.
The numbers indicate how much big rivals they are. Following the first round of the US Open, Serena intensified her rivalry record 20-2.
Williams has won 23 major single titles, while Sharapova five. Both of the tennis stars won the Grand Slam title in their tennis career and also gained the WTA rank 1 position in past.
“Every time I come up against her, I just bring out some of my best tennis.” Serena Williams said.
“That was definitely a big point for me, She’s the kind of player that gets momentum and she starts going. I was really excited that I hit that winner” Williams continued.
Sharapova said, “Bottom line is I believe in my ability, you can write me off. There are many people that can write me off, especially after going down 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the US Open. As long as it’s not the person that’s inside of you, you’ll be OK.”
As per current WTA Ranking, Sharapova is on the 87th place. The 32-years old had missed her comeback for more than four-month due to her shoulder surgery. Later, she was forced out by Wimbledon due to left forearm injury.
Sharapova added, “It’s not an easy road. It has never been. But I went through a shoulder procedure about four months ago. To find myself playing at a night match at the US Open with people excited about the matchup, it’s a pretty big deal.”
She continued, “I’m fortunate to be a part of that. It’s easy to be discouraged after a match like this. But if I’m personally discouraged, I wake up tomorrow, I don’t feel like I want to go out, train, be better, that’s more discouraging than the result. Just getting the routines back and being back in the draws is … it’s tough to talk about after a defeat, but it’s a long road.”
“It’s facing an opponent that’s at her stature is extremely difficult in the first round of a Slam, coming in with the fact that I haven’t played that much. But those are the situations that I have to keep putting myself in and coming out of them”