Serena advances to 3rd round @ Wimbledon; clash with Sharapova looms
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Maria Sharapova and Serena williams both won in straight sets this morning, setting up a rematch of the 2004 Ladies Wimbledon Final, in which Maria Sharapova upset Serena and claimed her first major championship, 6-1, 6-4. They have met twice in major finals, with Serena demolishing Sharapova in Melbourne in 2007, 6-1, 6-2, and one other time at a major–aslo Australia–where Serena needed an extended 3rd set to win the semi-final match, 2-6, 7-5, 8-6.
The two ladies have never met before the round of 16 in their 7 career matchups, in which Serena holds a 5-2 edge lifetime. Their head to head is listed below:
23 (17) 2004MIAMIHARDR16S. Williams6-4 6-36 (1)
15 (13) 2004WIMBLEDONGRASSFM.Sharapova6-1 6-410 (1)
6 2004TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPSHARDFM.Sharapova4-6 6-2 6-48
4 (4) 2005AUSTRALIAN OPENHARDSS. Williams2-6 7-5 8-67 (7)
2 (1) 2007AUSTRALIAN OPENHARDFS. Williams6-1 6-281
2 (1) 2007MIAMIHARDR16S. Williams6-1 6-118 (13)
4 (2) 2008CHARLESTONCLAYQS. Williams7-5 4-6 6-19 (5)
The 2 stars have not met since 2008 and Serena has not lost to Sharapova since 2004. Both ladies looked in fine form today, with Sharapova dispatching Ioana Raluca Olaru of Roumania 6-1, 6-4 in 1 hour and 24 minutes and with Serena destroying Anna Chakvetadze, 6-0, 6-1 in 49 minutes.
For all the scores on the ladies side from day 4 at The All England Club, follow the link below:
The Williams sisters are also entered in the doubles where they look to defend their title and attempt to win a fifth consecutive major doubles title. On Monday, Venus and Serena defeated Julie Ditty and Renata Voracova, 6-4, 6-2. They will face Timea Baczsinszky and Tatiana Garbin in round 2.