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French Open 2018: Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova

Discussion in 'Tennis' started by sport maestro, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. sport maestro

    sport maestro Active Member

    We hopes to see Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova stare across the net from one another once again but it was a match that was never meant to happen as Serena pulled out of the French Open before her fourth-round match with Maria because of an injury that affected her serve.

    The 23-time Grand Slam champion has been forced to pull out of Roland Garros because of a pectoral muscle issues which will likely rule out any prospect of her playing a grass-court warm-up event before Wimbledon.

    Williams, playing her first Grand Slam since giving birth, won 6-3 6-4 against 11th seed Gorges while two-time winner Sharapova beat sixth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-1.

    Williams, a 23-time Slam champion, has won 19 of their 21 previous meetings on tour both of Sharapova's wins coming back in 2004. Sharapova is competing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, having been refused a wildcard entry in 2017 after serving a doping ban.

    Serena withdrew on Monday from the French Open, less than an hour before her highly anticipated fourth-round match against Sharapova. Her opponent, Sharapova had taken a light jog on to Court 3 at Roland Garros, hoping that the opportunity presents her best chance to earn a win over Williams for the first time since 2004.

    Unfortunately, Williams was forced to withdraw. The withdrawal also deprives women’s tennis of a blockbuster fourth-round showdown and a continuation of one the most contentious feuds in sports.

    “I unfortunately have been having some issues with my pec, my pec muscle, and has unfortunately been getting worse to the point where right now I can't actually serve," said Williams. "It's kind of hard to play when I can't physically serve.”

    Reacting to that Sharapova said in a statement released by the WTA
    “I was looking forward to my match against Serena today and am disappointed that she had to withdraw. I wish her a speedy recovery and hope she returns to the tour soon.”

    Why was the match hugely anticipated.
    The match between two of the sport's biggest stars - with 28 Grand Slam titles between them, plus personalities and marketability which have helped them transcend tennis - was one of the most eye-catching permutations when the Roland Garros draw was made last week.

    The match between the two Super star is more of a grudge match, this is the first time they will be meeting each other after Sharapova's new autobiography where she reflected on her rivalry with Serena, revealing that a locker room moment fuelled the American's drive to dominate her.

    Back in 2004, 17-year-old Sharapova defeated Williams twice including the Wimbledon final where it was reported that Williams could not control her tears in the dressing room. Since then the duo have had 19 meetings between them and Sharapova have been defeated by the US great in all occasions.

    Sharapova revealed that it was not only her victory, but the fact that she overheard Williams weeping afterwards in the locker room that ensured Serena would always find a way to elevate her game in their future contests.
    The question is, would you lose to your opponent to prove a point?

    According to excerpts released by The New York Times.
    "Guttural sobs, the sort that make you heave for air, the sort that scares you. It went on and on. I got out as quickly as I could, but she knew I was there. People often wonder why I have had so much trouble beating Serena; she's owned me in the past ten years.

    "I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon," Sharapova said.

    Serena’s first extensive comments about the book came in Paris, ahead of their non-meeting in the fourth round. It’s classic Serena.

    “I think the book was 100 percent hearsay, at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing. I’ve cried in the locker room many times after a loss, and that’s what I have seen a lot of people do. I think it’s normal.

    “It’s a Wimbledon final, you know. So it’s just, like, I think it would be more shocking if I wasn’t in tears. I am emotional. I do have emotions and I wear them on my sleeve. I’m human. So for me, I think it’s totally normal. I think what happens there should definitely stay there and not necessarily [be talked] about it in a not-so-positive way in a book.”

    After pulling out of the match, Serena fans still believes she could have beaten Sharapova even with the injury. While Sharapova fans are alleging Serena dodged the match because it's like she would lose to Sharapova and she stylishly pulled out to avoid a start of a series of defeat.

    What are your thoughts, have a say, drop your comments below.
     
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  2. Aloys

    Aloys New Member

    She is getting old ....
     
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  3. That was one game I love to watch, both Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are not at their best, but I think Serena would have won Sharapova if not for the injury. It's not that Serena is overtly better right now, but because it's somewhere in Sharapova psyche that she can't defeat Serena Williams.
     
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  4. realsporting

    realsporting Administrator Staff Member

    With all due respect to Maria Sharapova, Serena has won an ATP tournament despite being sick and vomiting on the court. If not for the injury, trust me a half baked Serena would still beat a fully baked Sharapova
     
  5. sport maestro

    sport maestro Active Member

    Who of the two are you talking about?
    Serena or Sharapova?
     
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  6. Aloys

    Aloys New Member

    Serena
     
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