Regaining the world`s top ranking in women`s tennis is less important to five-times grand slam winner Maria Sharapova than it was when she was younger, but the Russian is eager to beat dominant player Serena Williams.
2015 Australian Open finalist Maria Sharapova was seen in her best form once again as she defeated Poland`s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 3-0 lead against Poland. Russia were through to the Fed Cup semis in Krakow.
Maria Sharapova vowed Saturday to keep grinding away to break her jinx against Serena Williams, after she was beaten to the Australian Open title by a player who has won all 16 of their last encounters.
American tennis icon Serena Williams on Saturday romped home to her 19th Grand Slam singles title defeating her rival, Maria Sharapova in just little under two hours in front of a packed Rod Laver Arena crowd.
Top seed Serena Williams` coach has dismissed the American`s decade-long, 15-0 winning streak against Maria Sharapova as irrelevant ahead of the arch-rivals` blockbuster Australian Open final on Saturday.
The bitter rivalry between Australian Open finalists Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova took root on the hallowed Wimbledon turf in 2004 and is still thriving more than a decade later -- both on and off the court.
Russian 10th seed Ekaterina Makarova admitted Thursday she needed to improve her mental strength after allowing second seeded compatriot Maria Sharapova to run riot in their Australian Open semi-final.