2015 Australian Open Women’s Final Open Thread: Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova
by Staff | January 30th, 2015, 10:16 pm
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For the 19th time the two biggest names in women’s tennis, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, collide Saturday in Melbourne for the 2015 Australian Open title.

Serena leads her (un)rival 16-2 winning the last 15 since Maria won at the WTA Tour Championships over years ago in 2004. And she bids for her 6th Australian Open title and 19th overall which would move her past Martina Navratilova and Chrissie Evert.

Sharapova is trying to win her 6th Grand Slam, her second in the last year after the 2014 French Open.

Neither player lost a set in the last two rounds.

WTA NOTES
S.Williams vs. Sharapova marks the first Australian Open final between the No.1 and No.2 seeds since 2004, when No.1 Justine Henin d. No.2 Kim Clijsters. The Top 2 seeds have played in the final here 15 times in the Open Era, with the No.2 seed winning on eight occasions, and the top seed winning seven times

This is the fourth Grand Slam final between the World No.1 and No.2 ranked players since 2004, when it last happened at the Australian Open (No.1 Henin d. No.2 Clijsters); also at 2013 Roland Garros (No.1 S.Williams d. No.2 Sharapova) and 2013 US Open (No.1 S.Williams d. No.2 Azarenka).

S.Williams is the first American to reach the final of the Australian Open since she won her fifth title here in 2010; Sharapova was also the last Russian to appear in the final at Melbourne Park, finishing runner-up in 2012.

S.Williams is looking to build on her record haul of Australian Open titles. Serena has won five Australian Open singles titles – the last of them five years ago – the most in the Open Era ahead of Margaret Court, who won four Australian Open titles in the Open Era (11 overall).

Victory today would take S.Williams to 19 Grand Slam singles titles, moving her ahead of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who have won 18 major singles titles.

Sharapova saved two match points in her 2r tussle with Alexandra Panova. In the Open Era, four women (on five occasions) have won the Australian Open after saving match point: Monica Seles (1991), Jennifer Capriati (2002), S.Williams (2003 and 2005) and Li Na (2014)

Sharapova is playing her 10th Grand Slam final. The only other active players who’ve reached double figures for Grand Slam final appearances are S.Williams (playing her 23rd GS final today) and V.Williams (14, going 7-7)

Both finalists are unbeaten on the tour so far in 2015: Brisbane International champion Sharapova enters the final at 11-0 while Williams is 6-0 (although she did lose exhibition matches to Bouchard and A.Radwanska at Hopman Cup).

S.Williams is bidding for her 100th career win over Top 5 opponents (99-32) while No.2 ranked Sharapova is 7-13 lifetime vs. reigning world No.1s

Sharapova has won her last five tour finals played (last loss was in final at 2013 Roland Garros), while S.Williams has won her last 10 finals played, most recent runner-up finish coming at 2013 Cincinnati.

SATURDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena 1:00pm Start Time
1. Junior Girls’ Singles – Final
Katie Swan (GBR)[14] vs. Tereza Mihalikova (SVK)
2. Junior Boys’ Singles – Final
Roman Safiullin (RUS)[1] vs. Seong-chan Hong (KOR)[7]

Not Before: 7:30pm
3. Women’s Singles – Final
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]
4. Men’s Doubles – Final
Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)
Fabio Fognini (ITA) Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

LADBROKES ODDS
Serena Williams 4/9 v Maria Sharapova 11/4

WEATHERUNDERGROUND MELBOURNE FORECAST
A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. High near 70F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph.

U.S. TELEVISION
ESPN has live coverage of the women’s final starting at 3:30am ET Saturday morning.


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30 Comments for 2015 Australian Open Women’s Final Open Thread: Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova

Steve27 Says:

Sharapova in three with 11 years screams late!
Well this “rivalry” is more than a tennis match, right?

Serena to equals Helen Mils Moody then.


Wog Boy Says:

Actually, Sharapova might do it this time.


Nicholas Maury Says:

#TeamSerena


Margot Says:

Nobody beats Maria 16 times ;)


chris ford1 Says:

The folly of Slamcount as the only metric of tennis achievement is that it is strongly influenced by the quality of competition and career longevity.

Much has been said on the men’s side about Roger padding his Slamcount and weeks at #1 and Consecutive Majors and streaks all from having much less competition from 2003-2007.
On the woman’s side, Margaret Court’s stats are padded by lots of Australian Open titles before it was a bona fide Major all played at. Evert and Navratilova had each other. A great sports rivalry that went back and forth for a decade, until Evert decided it was time to leave and raise a family, though she might have had 3 good years left. Serena and Graf benefited from a few “Free years” thrown in a la Roger, when no one was around to challenge “The Queen”.
You can’t compare players from different competitive eras with different career lengths. It’s just a silly fan parlor game of Slams and Nothing Else, and retreaded GOAT fantasies. .


Patson Says:

CHRISSSSS ! What have you done ? Now, skeezer and a few others are going to come after you. You better watch out.


Patson Says:

#TeamSharapova

Any pretty woman playing a grandslam final is my weakness.

DO NOT ACCUSE ME OF BEING SEXIST.


Patson Says:

Isn’t anybody watching the match ?

Hello ?


Patson Says:

Heck, I’ll keep on cheering for Maria.

Come on Maria !


Giles Says:

Not sexist but just plain shallow!


Hippy Chick Says:

Patson,Maria doesnt have a very good record against Serena,but has played the better tennis this fortnight….


Giles Says:

Karman Queen of Tennis!!


metan Says:

Go Serena, finished the job as usual!


Hippy Chick Says:

Beauty and the Best….


metan Says:

Congratulations Serena!!!!


Giles Says:

How many times has Serena beaten Pova now?? Lol
Well done Queen of Tennis. Too good!


Hippy Chick Says:

Congrats to Serena on her 19th GS title,when she plays her best nobody can beat her,if she sets her mind to it i could see her surpassing Steffi,and perhaps completing the calendar GS this year?….
Sorry for Maria who gave it her all….


FedExpress Says:

Just retire sharpova ffs, an opponent who is nearly 34 and u cant beat her for 11 years now. u r useless.

even azarenka and muguruza give williams more tough time then u ever will. it shows that 2004 was a one-off

as far as serene concerned. 19 GS in this weak WTA era is no big accomplishment. but history books wont show how tough the comppetiton was only the number of GS.

i will take noles 7 GS over serenas 19 GS every day of the week.


Hippy Chick Says:

^I dont think Novak would though?^….


Colin Says:

So Sharapova is “useless” and Serena’s 19 GS are “no big accomplishment”.

Why do any of us bother to follow tennis, since its peaks are potholes according to this guy.


Sox Says:

Serena Williams is a tennis player who just won her 19th Grand Slam. A historical achievement. Glad I witnessed it .


FedExpress Says:

a player who cant figure out an opponente (who is 6 years older) for almost 11 years is pretty useless.

sharapova should have started playing left handed


Michael Says:

I am literally amazed by the perseverance, mental fortitude, determination and fighting abilities of this lady named Serena Williams, a Legend in her own right. The kind of trials and tribulations she faced in her life where she narrowly escaped from the claws of death, battling all the way the after effects of a major surgery and to then again fight back to the No.1 position is no mean accomplishment. I am not sure if this has happened before ? This time she won the Australian Open despite having some health related problems and was suffering from severe cold virus right from the start of the tournament. Even in the finals, she looked a bit feeble and tepid. But, she overcame all that and never left her opponent Sharapova off the hook and what kind of a serving day she had which put shame even the male circuit. This is her No. 19 and how truly she deserves it. Evert and Steffi stands next for catch up and Serana at 34 is still looking strong.


metan Says:

Michael you mentioned her age 34 , she is still fabulous on the court, so don’t write Roger off, age is a number. 😄


skeezer Says:

“Any pretty woman playing a grandslam final is my weakness.”
That is not sexist. No different than visa versa, No?
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FE,
Pathetic post
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HC
Re; 5:38…beautiful quote…., nailed it with that ;)
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Congrats Serena. She continues to prove she is THE force in womens tennis, in her 30′s! 19 GS, just wow.
A shout out to Venus also, she had a good run here. The sisters are still pumpin out the wins.


Hippy Chick Says:

Thankyou Skeezer ;)….


FedExpress Says:

murrays presser today:

Q. You played Novak here three times and lost all three. How confident are you that can change tomorrow?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I know it’s going to be extremely difficult to win the match tomorrow. I know if I want to win, it will probably be very, very tough and challenging physically. So I need to prepare myself mentally for that. But he has a fantastic record here. He obviously loves the court and the conditions. And, yeah, it would be a big upset if I manage to win tomorrow.

big upset? murray, i thought u would have some kind of confident. you beat him slam finals before.


Hippy Chick Says:

I did feel for Maria who had tears in her eyes after this match,such a fighter and fantastic player,but somehow seems to come up short over and over again when playing Serena….


FedExpress Says:

think the AO 2005 match loss against serena after having MPs has still an mental impact on her.

never recovered from that when playing serena


Michael Says:

Metan,

But male tennis is different from female tennis. It is more competitive and intense. By this, I am not in any way belittling the achievements of Serena but just stating the obvious.

By the way, age is not a mere number, it is a major factor. When is the last time Roger won a Major ? It was only in 2012 and before that he won the Australian Open in 2010. So, in a gap of about 4 years, he could win just 2 majors. But, between 22 and 29 in his prime he won about 15 majors. That is how age makes a definitive difference atleast as regards the Majors are concerned.

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