Serena Williams, Australian Open 2015

Aus Open 2015: Williams and Sharapova roads to the final

Serena Williams road to the final
Round Opponent Score
R1 Alison Van Uytvanck 6-0 6-4
R2 Vera Zvonareva 7-5 6-0
R3 Elina Svitolina 4-6 6-2 6-0
R4 Garbine Muguruza 2-6 6-3 6-2
QF Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-2
SF Madison Keys 7-6 6-2

Serena Williams lost 2 sets en route for her 6th Australian Open final, her 23rd singles Grand Slam overall. If she wins, she’ll have 19 Slams, one more than legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

Maria Sharapova’s road to the final

Australian Open 2015 - Day 2

Round Opponent Score
R1 Petra Martic 6-4 6-1
R2 Alexandra Panova 6-1 4-6 7-5
R3 Zarina Diyas 6-1 6-1
R4 Shuai Peng 6-3 6-0
QF Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-2
SF Elena Makarova 6-3 6-2

Maria Sharapova was in deep trouble in the second round as she saved two match points against Alexandra Panova. She then had a smooth ride to the final – even schooling Bouchard in the quarterfinals.

Serena Williams – Maria Sharapova head to head: 16-2
Year Tournament Surface Winner Score
2014 Miami SF Hard Serena Williams 6-4 6-3
2014 Brisbane SF Hard Serena Williams 6-2 7-6
2013 Roland Garros F Clay Serena Williams 6-4 6-4
2013 Madrid F Clay Serena Williams 6-1 6-4
2013 Miami F Hard Serena Williams 4-6 6-3 6-0
2013 Doha SF Hard Serena Williams 6-3 6-2
2012 Istanbul F Hard Serena Williams 6-4 6-3
2012 London Olympics F Grass Serena Williams 6-0 6-1
2012 Madrid QF Clay Serena Williams 6-1 6-3
2011 Stanford QF Hard Serena Williams 6-1 6-3
2010 Wimbledon R16 Grass Serena Williams 7-6 6-4
2008 Charleston QF Grass Serena Williams 7-5 4-6 6-1
2007 Miami R16 Grass Serena Williams 6-1 6-1
2007 Australian Open F Hard Serena Williams 6-1 6-2
2005 Australian Open SF Hard Serena Williams 2-6 7-5 8-6
2004 Los Angeles F Hard Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-2 6-4
2004 Wimbledon F Grass Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-4
2004 Miami R16 Hard Serena Williams 6-4 6-3

Sharapova won two of their first three encounters, and since then, she has won only 3 sets in 15 matches against Serena! Their most disputed match was their semifinal in Melbourne 10 years ago, that Serena won 2-6 7-5 8-6. That match was featured in Steve Flink’s book, The greatest matches of all time:

The two most ferocious female competitors of their era clashed on the had courts of Melbourne in a blockbuster of a battle that was suspenseful, hard fought and compelling. Both players produced tennis that boggled the minds and raised the spirits of an exhilarated audience.

So, epic battle or routine win? Serena or Maria? Who do you think will win? Please share your thoughts.

Who will win the 2015 Australian Open?

  • Serena Williams (29%, 30 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (26%, 27 Votes)
  • Simona Halep (13%, 13 Votes)
  • Eugenie Bouchard (10%, 10 Votes)
  • Ana Ivanovic (7%, 7 Votes)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Other (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Dominika Cibulkova (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Angelique Kerber (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Agnieszka Radwanska (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 104

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