The six-time Australian Open champion, Serena Williams attacked Maria Sharapova’s strength with full force to beat her 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The win also marks Williams’ 18th consecutive victory and 19th in their 21 career meetings since 2004.
Calling Sharapova a “focused player”, FOX Sports reports Williams’ saying, “It was super intense. She’s an incredibly intense, focused player who was No. 1 and has won so many Grand Slams for a reason. You have to come out with a lot of fire and intensity.”
Sharapova, who has won five majors, including the 2008 Australian Open title, said that Williams was “quite explosive”
“She played quite explosive. She was really explosive off the return. Yeah,” Sharapova added in the same report.
Sharapova has not beaten Williams since back-to-back victories in 2004, when she led their rivalry 2-1. However, she hasn’t given up hope yet and reveals that Williams is infact “inspiring”.
“It’s motivating because she’s at a different level,” Sharapova said. “She makes you go back to the drawing board, not just for me, but for many other players. She makes you work. That’s inspiring.”
Sharapova broke to open the match and had a 2-0 lead. But Williams soon dominated the third game and broke to quickly level at 2-2.
The points were short early in the set, but as the match progressed the rallies got longer and longer. However, it was Williams’ aggressive returns that helped her win the match.
Although Williams was taking medical treatments between sets and in the second half, she didn’t let it affect her performance in any way.
Williams will now face fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who was the first player to enter the semis. Radwanska beat No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3 to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the fifth time.
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