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Monday, 26 August 2019

US Open massacre: Serena destroys Sharapova


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A superstar rivalry that really isn't hit the US Open for the first time on Tuesday (AEST) - and things got ugly.

Serena Williams destroyed Maria Sharapova on Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, winning their round one match 6-1 6-1 in just under an hour.

"If she could play seven matches like this, the US Open is hers," American tennis icon Chris Evert said in commentary for ESPN.

"If she plays this way, she will get to 24 (singles Grand Slams, the record)."

The win gave Williams, 37, a dominant 20-3 record against Sharapova, 32.

If you take out a walkover win for the Russian at last year's French Open, Sharapova has not beaten Williams for 15 years.

She beat Serena twice in 2004 (Wimbledon and the WTA Championships, both finals), but has now lost 19 consecutive matches to the mighty American; including eight Grand Slam contests and three Slam finals. Serena also beat Sharapova in the old medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.

"As long as she still loves the game, I don't care what she's ranked - she's still good for tennis," Evert said of Sharapova, currently world No.87.

Williams is seeking her 24th Grand Slam title on home turf, while Sharapova seems certain never to add to her five majors. The Russian has not won a Slam for five years, since the 2014 French Open.

Williams is trying to win her first Slam since becoming a mother. She won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, but has lost the past two Wimbledon finals and last year's US Open decider.

A superstar rivalry that really isn't hit the US Open for the first time on Tuesday (AEST) - and things got ugly.

Serena Williams destroyed Maria Sharapova on Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, winning their round one match 6-1 6-1 in just under an hour.

"If she could play seven matches like this, the US Open is hers," American tennis icon Chris Evert said in commentary for ESPN.

"If she plays this way, she will get to 24 (singles Grand Slams, the record)."

The win gave Williams, 37, a dominant 20-3 record against Sharapova, 32.

If you take out a walkover win for the Russian at last year's French Open, Sharapova has not beaten Williams for 15 years.

She beat Serena twice in 2004 (Wimbledon and the WTA Championships, both finals), but has now lost 19 consecutive matches to the mighty American; including eight Grand Slam contests and three Slam finals. Serena also beat Sharapova in the old medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.

"As long as she still loves the game, I don't care what she's ranked - she's still good for tennis," Evert said of Sharapova, currently world No.87.

Williams is seeking her 24th Grand Slam title on home turf, while Sharapova seems certain never to add to her five majors. The Russian has not won a Slam for five years, since the 2014 French Open.

Williams is trying to win her first Slam since becoming a mother. She won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, but has lost the past two Wimbledon finals and last year's US Open decider.

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