Serena Williams, Australian Open 2015
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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Chris Evert

By Steve Fink, World Tennis magazine, December 1989:

I met Chris Evert on the day she reached her first Grand Slam final in Paris 16 years ago, when I interviewed her for this magazine. We became good friends, and I found myself immersed in her career.
She soon realized that I was regarded by the sport’s inner circle as her Boswell, as the primary source of information about her record, and she knew that my recollection of her matches was invariably sharper than her own. Throughout her career she would defer to me at press conferences from Palm Beach to Wimbledon whenever she could not answer a question about herself.

But my involvement with her went much deeper than that. I attended both of her weddings, sat with her family at many of her critical contests in the major championships, and spoke with her frequently before, during and after tournaments to offer council.
Given those circumstances, and the highly unusual of our alliance, I made it a practice, with few exceptions, not to write about he. The conflict would be clear-cut, and I saw no reason to abuse proximity of my position. But this is the time to relax journalistic binds a bit and offer my intimate assessment. Hers was a unique journey through the seventies and across the eighties, and to understand how Evert impacted her era, there is only one place to begin.

In September 1970, at the age of 15, Evert planted the first true seed of her greatness by toppling the world’s No.1 player Margaret Court 7-6 7-6 in the semifinals at Charlotte, North Carolina. Only weeks earlier, Court had completed the Grand Slam by winning the US Open at Forest Hills on grass, but on the clay of Charlotte the Fort Lauderdale prodigy erased the rangy Australian. It was unmistakably a sign of what was to come.
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