Can Maria Sharapova Finally End Losing Streak To Serena Williams? Wimbledon Semifinals Preview
by Staff | July 8th, 2015, 11:57 pm
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Two of the biggest female sports stars in the world renew their rivalry – if you can call it that – Thursday at Wimbledon semifinals. World No. 1 Serena Williams and rival Maria Sharapova first met over 13 years ago in Miami. Serena won that encounter but Sharapova won the next two, at the Wimbledon final and at the 2014 WTA Championships.

However, Sharapova hasn’t won since, losing to Serena an incredible 16 straight times, most recently at the Australian Open final this year and twice on Centre Court Wimbledon in 2010 and against at the 2012 Olympics.

“I love playing Maria,” Serena said. “I think she brings out the best in me. I think I bring out the best in her. I thought we had a wonderful final in Australia. It was very entertaining. She played really well. For me, I don’t feel like I have any pressure going into this match. We both actually lost early last year. We both are kind of enjoying this moment and one of us will be in the final.”

Added Sharapova, “I think it’s always a new match. I haven’t had great success against her. I would love to change that around. That’s how I look at it.”

Serena has won her last 26 Grand Slam matches as she eyes a second Serena Slam and a potential calendar Slam in New York.

In the early semifinal, 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwanska meets the surprising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza. The hard-hitting Muguruza beat Radwanska twice already this year and after wins over Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki, she sounds ready to pull another upset.

“I’m surprised that my first semifinals is on grass,” Muguruza said. ‘But I think I’m playing really good. I think the surface helps me.”

Radwanska, who had struggled earlier in the year under then-coach Martina Navratilova, has found her form against at Wimbledon where she has reached the semifinals for a third time.

“I had a lot of good matches before Wimbledon, in Nottingham, especially Eastbourne, as well,” she said. “I think I will play good match against top players. That is always helping. I think I will have a lot more confident after those weeks on the grass. Here we go.”


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96 Comments for Can Maria Sharapova Finally End Losing Streak To Serena Williams? Wimbledon Semifinals Preview

Thomas Says:

“Can Maria Sharapova Finally End Losing Streak To Serena Williams?”

Nein.


Tennisfan Says:

I can’t see Serena not winning this tournament. Her biggest threat was probably Azarenka, so now I’m sure she’ll roll through.


FedExpress Says:

If muguruza can handle her nerves then i give her a chance. Radwanska as a pusher has zero chance


Margot Says:

I give Muguruza a chance too. She has the power, she has the touch. she is going to be top 10 soon. Tho first semi, first final, if it happens, might be too much.
Radwanska is no “pusher,” whatever that rudism means. No, it’s a power issue with her.


FedExpress Says:

radwanska has no power in her shots whatsoever.kudos to her for bringing it so far

3-1 mugu and now 3 triple BPs for double break


FedExpress Says:

we have seen many real deals the last years or so.

but mugu hast to be future GS winner. attacking tennis, lovely touch and personality and no grunts

double break and 4-1


FedExpress Says:

correction. not annyoing grunts


FedExpress Says:

6-2 mugu


FedExpress Says:

triple Bps for mugu at the start of the 2nd set

aga ha to buy some powerful weapons


jalep Says:

Well, Garbine has been ready for this, it appears. She beat Aga a couple times this year and looks like she has no fear whatsoever about this being her 1st Wimbledon semifinal.

She’s pummeling the heck out of one of my favorites. Poor Aga. But Garbine will give Serena more trouble than Aga ever would.

Force to be reckoned with in the coming years – Garbine Muguruza!


jalep Says:

Aga is 5’8″ and 123 lbs! She has a small frame/bones. Her biggest weapon is her mind. She makes the most of what she has. All she can do against Garbine is hope she starts making some errors. So far Garbine has neutralized Aga’s back of tricks. Maybe if this was contested over 5 sets…

Aga is super fit and is speedy enough. I do think women’s tennis at the grand slam level should be over 5 sets like the men’s. At least from the quarterfinals on.


Wog Boy Says:

Muguruza is shanking too often in the last two games.


Hippy Chick Says:

Garbine beat Serena at the FO last year,then lost to Maria,so the irony is she would probably rather face Serena than Maria,all assuming she gets through Aga,whichever one wins i hope one of these two wins the final,and we have a new Wimbledon champion….


Wog Boy Says:

I can smell momentum change.


jalep Says:

:D Aga shows infinite patience and a steely mind :D

gets herself into the 2nd set.

Actually hoping Garbine wins though…just cuz…


FedExpress Says:

wtf are u doing mugu

aga serving for the set

shiitt


FedExpress Says:

mugu lost from 3-1 up 5 games in a row. wow


jalep Says:

Yes Hippy Chick. Garbine was extremely brave beating Serena but she was flying a bit under the radar last year. This year Serena would be ready for her. Not sure Garbine would be able to beat either Serena or Maria but the contest would be better, I think.

Aga gets a set! Aga!!


Wog Boy Says:

I think Muguruza saw the finish line far to early after the first break in the second set and now her game fell appart, Aga is too smart for her, I can see her winning the match now.


FedExpress Says:

MUGU IMPLODING

6 games in a row. all mental i guess


jalep Says:

Longer rallies are now favoring Aga. Bag of tricks is open hehehe

Muguraza can still win, if she stays calm and uses her brain as well as her power. All she lacks really is experience in these situations.

Break back chances…


Wog Boy Says:

That extra ball is killing Muguruza.


jalep Says:

I think Garbine is well-coached and is a smart girl. Really like her. This is just a great experience for her. She outweighs Aga by probably 35+ lbs of muscle. and at least 4 inches taller – a pretty big athletic/physical advantage.

oh…and Garbine is going for too much…shoot.

and Aga is such a clever and beautiful tennis player.


jalep Says:

Huge serve Garbine has. Needs it to be more consistent, though.


Wog Boy Says:

Very important hold of serve, if she can only break Aga now.


FedExpress Says:

2 Bps for mugu


Wog Boy Says:

And she breaks, just hold it now Muguruza.


jalep Says:

Garbine got it…the break.

She should have it now.

Serve for it, Garbine!


FedExpress Says:

That girl has mental toughness. Some players could learn one or two tricks from her


Wog Boy Says:

Just one more game Muguruza.


jalep Says:

So she’s going to pass the Aga test. Aga still showing a few mad tennis skills.


Wog Boy Says:

She should stay away from Aga’s FH, BP for Aga.


jalep Says:

hahahaha… love Aga


jalep Says:

Can’t do anything when Garbine serves well though.


jalep Says:

argh…double fault. The unlucky net cord saves break


jalep Says:

Aga fought hard.

Congrats Garbine!

now get the earplugs ready…..Serena v Maria


Wog Boy Says:

Glad for this girl Muguruza. Aga made huge mistake when challenged that point, Muguraza has already lost the point.


Wog Boy Says:

Jalep, I’ll leave you alone for that match I am fan of neither.


Margot Says:

Oh what awful challenge advice for Agie at the very end. Fascinating match with Agie showing off her magic and Garbine showing what a fine athlete she is and how fearless.
But a better chance of beating Serena for sure.


FedExpress Says:

Mugu u beauty. Now win the whole thing. She is the real deal. After losing 6 games in a row she showed tremendous character.


jalep Says:

Thanks for your presence, Wog Boy. Completely understand. I must be time for bed in Aussieland.

I’m hoping to be entertained beyond the pain of the noise. A fan of neither either but hope to see a fight.


Wog Boy Says:

Before I go to bed, I just saw betting odds here, Serena $1.20 and Maria $4,50.


Margot Says:

Nobody beats Maria 120 times in a row….;)
BTW Jalep saw an article that implied it was Maria who had issues with Racheed, and vice versa.


jalep Says:

Tempting odds Wog Boy? Have a good nights’ sleep!

Very interesting, Margot.

Pretty sure I’d have problems with Rasheed, too. Can understand Maria’s pov, if that’s the case. RR does seem like a jerk.


FedExpress Says:

jimi hendrix umpiring

and masha having problems to hold serve


FedExpress Says:

hahhaahhahaa

broken with a DF


FedExpress Says:

just retire masha


Margot Says:

Worst possible start from Maria. 3 double faults in THE FIRST GAME. :o


Daniel Says:

Masha had game point first game but got broken eventually. Lost cause for her.

Congrats Serena 21!


FedExpress Says:

SW servebooting like there is no tomorrow


FedExpress Says:

4-1 double break

unworthy for a 5 time gs winner to lose to a nearly 34 old woman for 11 years


FedExpress Says:

afro american umpire nearly rubbed off a point from masha by wrongly overruling

a bit suspect


Tennis Vagabond Says:

WHY IS RACIST FEDEX STILL ALLOWED ON THIS BOARD?


FedExpress Says:

as soons as she gets in the lead and control SW doesnt grunt anymore

@TV

get a life. that was an observation and i didnt insult any1.


chris ford1 Says:

Looking forward to both Sistas retiring and women’s tennis becoming a sport again. No more tedious dominance. A competition again.
The last 15 years of the WTA may be looked back on in 30 years as “the lost years”. Where the quality of the once good enough to stand on it’s own merits WTA had lowered quality vis a vis the men’s Tour and it’s prosperity became more to do with how it became an obligatory appendage to TV revenue sharing from the common sex tournaments, and ticket holders having to buy access to woman’s events to get access to the men’s events. A status if not for that – more like ill-attended woman’s soccer or the ill attended and justly ill paid WNBA-appendage to the NBA.
It’s pay derived more from demands for equal pay than by demonstrating equal levels of tennis and from glam girl revenues from a handful of attractive star’s product endorsements the WTA shares in.


FedExpress Says:

if women possesed a serve like SW it would have been a more competitve womens tour


FedExpress Says:

look for a new hobby masha. tennis is not urs anymore.

DF to gift the break


Hippy Chick Says:

Would love to see Garbine win the title,and hopefully it will be a competitive final against most likely Serena,if not i hope she wins a GS at some point,cute girl with alot of heart and a big game,sorry for Aggie as i like her too….


Pitchaboy Says:

Williams brother beating up on Maria


skeezer Says:

“Can Maria Sharapova Finally End Losing Streak To Serena Williams?”
Uh…..no.

Maria starts with a double fault to give Serena the first game and first break of the match. Then in the 2nd, double faults yet again to give Serena another break. Serena’s return is so intimidating that not only has she a physical advantage but now a total mental one as well. Game over.


Hippy Chick Says:

Pitchaboy thats rather uncalled for….


jalep Says:

I feel asleep.

Not nearly as good as Vika vs Serena.

Yes, me too, Hippy Chick about Garbine, in the final. I’ll be happy if Garbine can give Serena a fight and make it interesting like Vika did.

Hey, Maria held serve

Still not an interesting match-up, this one.


Hippy Chick Says:

Heather Watson pushed Serena more than Maria has here….


Hippy Chick Says:

Jalep lol no comparison,actually wish that match had been the final….


Markus Says:

Serena is the only worthy player in the WTA, and still gets a rude comment from Pitchaboy. Comments like that won’t tarnish Serena’s brilliance, or Venus. It reflects back on you for your bigotry.


jalep Says:

Hippy Chick, I don’t get home until 8 am or thereabouts, so will miss Nole v Gasquet. Murr
ay v Federer will probably still be on but I won’t turn on the TV until I sleep some hours. Will catch the match later.

Serena blows a matchpoint ….Maria isn’t the best mover but she seems a lot more flat-footed when playing Serena.

Vika is a better mover than Maria, imo. Garbine is too, I think. Simona Halep beat Serena – actually blew her away last fall in a first round match at the WTA final. Serena of course, turned the tables in the Final.


jalep Says:

Congrats to Serena. She makes beating Maria look easy.


Hippy Chick Says:

Congrats Serena NID,and on the cusp of been the greatest female tennis player ever,even if she doesnt win here i think its only a matter of time before she surpasses Steffis 22 and then Margret Courts 24,Maria is so mentally tough against any other player,against Serena shes a sitting duck,i wonder what she did so differently in 2004 that she cant seem to do now?….


skeezer Says:

Congrats Serena, 27 straight match wins in Slams. Amazing performance.
I get that some don’t like Serena, but what I don’t get is the lack of respect for one of the greatest female players ever. She shant worry, in the end her records will speak for her as one of the most outstanding tennis players ever.


FedExpress Says:

@hippy chick

that Ao 05 match changed all things


SG1 Says:

I have never pulled for Serena in a match and I’m not going to start now. Hope that Muguruzza ushers in a new generation of women ready to win a bunch of slams.

Muguruzza has some definite upside in terms of her match with Serena. She is a big hitter and an good athlete. Can she make Serena pay for those losses of concentration that inevitably seem to happen in every major final? I hope so. Serena is a tough nut to crack on grass though.

I think Serena wins but I sure hope I’m wrong.


RZ Says:

Congrats to Serena! She was never my favorite, but the more she plays, the more I find myself a fan. Considering how much racist and sexist crap is continually said about her, I’m glad she continues to win big time.


SG1 Says:

Does Serena feel the pressure of the calendar slam? There’s also the pressure of holding all 4 majors at the same time. Some good reasons to gag a little on Saturday.


SG1 Says:

On to the mens semis. Picking a Murray-Djokovic Final. Murray in 4 sets and Djokovic in 4 sets as well.

I think Djokovic is slam dunk for the finals. The only way Federer gets through is if he brings his ‘A’ game. He hasn’t been able to find this late in slams in recent years.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Skeezer, there’s no mystery: the bigotry REEKS off the computer screen.

Well, we could have a whole post dedicated to Serena’s personality. To put it simply, from my point of view, she’s flawed and has some serious issues. Like most of us. But at least she’s BIG and entertaining, self-assured and actually clever and original, unlike so many athletes.

To the more relevant issue of Serena’s dominance: her previous best season was 2002 (3 Slams, leading into the Serena Slam in 2003).

For those who think Serena’s dominance is SOLELY due to a lack of quality in the field (which IS true right now, but is not exactly her fault), here is the top ten from 2002, the last year of TOTAL SERENA DOMINANCE:

Serena
Venus
Capriatti
Cijsters
Henin
Mauresmo
Seles
Hantuchova
Dokic
Hingis

I count EIGHT titans, if not legends, on that list, and Serena rolled them.

Now, THIRTEEN years later she is dominating players who were literally children, even toddlers back then.

I’m really impressed with the way she’s been winning at Roland Garros and here, by pure willpower (not today against Sharapova of course). She has had match after match of sub-par tennis, playing with the flu, falling behind sets and breaks… and she guts her way to the win.

Bravo Serena. Congrats on another Slam final.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

RZ, you make a great point. Years ago I disliked Venus and Serena for Venus’ haughtiness and Serena’s anger. Seemed like they both had a chip on their shoulder from Day One. Like many white people, I kind of scoffed at their claims of the racism they experienced and thought it was a smoke screen.

But I’ve come to realize that my world experience has never been the same as theirs. When you look at the bigotry just on this comment board, its easy to imagine the horrors they must have experienced as little girls, dominating junior tournaments against rich white kids. Can you imagine? So, now I kind of get it. If I grew up with that, if I had to read or hear comments calling me a monkey, or a “brother” I’d have a chip on my shoulder too.


RZ Says:

@TV – thanks. It’s a similar reason why I’m desperately hoping for Andy Murray to win at Wimbledon too. I would have rooted for him anyway, but the sexist comments thrown around after he picked Mauresmo as his coach makes me want him to win even more.


Margot Says:

Lol RZ. If Andy should win another slam in the next two years, why it will be all down to Jonas of course….;)
Serena, as well as having the best serve ever in the women’s game, is an amazing athlete.


Colin Says:

You know how they shorten players’ names to fit them on the scoreboard?

Well this has a comical result during the match I’m watching involving Jamie Murray and the Aussie John Peers – the scoreboard shows the team as
“Murray/Pee”.


FedExpress Says:

SW:

“I’m really excited. I got a little nervous out there today – it’s been a long time since I’ve been this far. I think she played really well but when she stepped up her game I was able to step up mine as well. It’s the semi-finals of Wimbledon, you never want to lose, you want to do the best you can. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the final here so I just feel really good. It’s really cool.”

when did she play well?!?!?! delusional


Colin Says:

TV, I appreciate your point, but I’d have a great deal more respect for Serena Williams if she could control the chip on her shoulder. I still say it’s her father’s fault. If Nole’s father had raised him to hate all Croats, it might be understandable, but would it be a good thing?

Did Yvonne Goolagong have a chip on her shoulder. I don’t think so.


jalep Says:

Congtats to a couple of teenagers into the boys semifinal

Mikael Ymer (swe) (younger brother of Elias)
Taylor Fritz (usa)
Reilly Opalka (usa)
Patrik Niklas-Salminen (fin) successor to Jarkko Niemenen, maybe.

Was keeping track of a couple girls quarterfinals too. Tornado Black (usa) and Katie Swan (gbr) both lost. 2 Russians, a Slovakian and a Belarusian won.


Brando Says:

‘I’d have a chip on my shoulder too.’:

LOL, a chill guy like TV with a attitude would be something interesting to read on here for sure!

As for Serena: Preface:

I don’t care for WTA, hardly ever watch it nor know what’s going on in that world, or who is winning what. Ask me who won last years AO or titles in 2013 and i’d be clueless. No disrespect to it or those who enjoy, it’s just not my cup of tea at all. The preface therefore is to forewarn you the following opinion is of a fleeting viewer.

It’s clear to me that Serena is clearly a level above the rest. Actually many levels. One just cannot fault her for that. It’s like Rafa and Novak said pre-event when questioned, she has a level of physicality that the other ladies-and probably those of the past- cannot live with at all.

Nature has favoured her and again: you cannot fault her for that.

Gamewise it’s just not all power:

Serena probably rivals Pete Sampras for having the best serve of a elite player ever. Pressure point: an ace is delivered, first or second serve. Time after time and again.

Her return of serve is unbelievably aggressive and intimidating. It’s like Novak’s but with a guarantee: aggression is certain on all returns. That’s unnerving and more than likely unsettling for opponents to know.

Add to that the fact she actually has excellent athleticism on all surfaces, and a Nadal like mentality to win no matter what and all you can say is:

She’s a beast (i say that in the fond manner akin to Rafa being called as such), a brilliant player who has been blessed with gifts that seem superior than the rest.

You cannot diss or hate on her for that. It’s idiocy to do so.

Akin to those hating on Federer for 2003-2007: like how is Federer responsible for the opposition he had then? What was he supposed to do: retire, take a extended vacation, invest in a time machine that has him the same age as Rafa, Novak et el? Come on now: let’s not get ridiculous.

How some chumps badmouth Nadal’s record on Clay: saying he faced weak opposition. Like WTF: whenever ANY player dominates in any era or a surface you could level that charge against them. It’s just bitterness at the superior level of a player.

Same deal here with Serena: She’s a cut above the rest and it leaves a fair few people sour. Like Fed, Rafa: she don’t give a f–k when she looks at the trophies on her mantlepiece. So some are bitter: f–k em, I made history and they just made noise no one cares for.


skeezer Says:

Tv,
Thanks for that post, and feel the same. They were brought up in Compton, not some Spanish vacation spot. There Dad has always had a chip on his shoulder, and wouldn’t be surprised if some of that got passed on. Regardless, it should not be an excuse for some of her past actions.
Serena has her faults, but she has matured and in the end, she’ll be judged not by her personality, but by her accomplishments. And she stands out in this era as the very best womens performer in the game.
Who has the best return in the Tennis game today?
Not Djoker.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Skeeze, agree, well said. Brando, that was an amazing post.

I’m not such a chill guy though- about tennis, maybe; I don’t understand the fighting and venom among fans. About racism…


Brando Says:

@TV:

Thanks Tv, coming from you I certainly appreciate it.


Pitchaboy Says:

Not bigotry but a joke in very poor taste by me. I apologize to this forum. Promise to keep it clean.


Okiegal Says:

I agree with TV @ post 12:59. We, John Q Public, do not have a clue what the sisters as youngsters went through. I can see the chip on the shoulder thing happening. Children are very impressionable at a young age. If Dad has a chip, his children probably would too. He said once that people had no idea what his girls had been subjected to during their careers and I believe him. Children can be so cruel and guess what, they learn that behavior from adults…..I’m so sad to say……adults know better!! I was teased as a youngster because of a wide space between my two front teeth……Bucky beaver comments….I bet you could put a fifty cent piece between your teeth, I’ll bet you can spit far…..I was so self conscious I would never smile for pictures. So when I became an adult and had a job and money I had my front teeth pulled and bridge work! That was a bit extreme I know but it as something I had to do. Teased about being pleasingly plump as a child too! I know what I went through is nothing compared to what racism entails but mentioned this because children take things to heart. I know I did……Sorry this was long and I’m confident nobody on here could less whether I looked like a fat Bucky Beaver or not!! Lol. My point is this, I’m taking a stand for the sisters!! They are both great athletes and like TV……I would probably have a chip on my shoulder too!!


MIa0007 Says:

Congrats to Maria, who even when losing the game wins the respect of all who value integrity,and hard work, and overcoming surgery. You are a real winner.
Garbine could easily defeat Williams. Her 13 year advantage only add fuel to her natural talent and skill. There is no reason for her not to win if the playing field were on the up and up. I don’t belive in “magic” anymore than I believe that some players use self-enhancing drugs to make them”champions” and millionaires.


skeezer Says:

“wins the respect of all who value integrity,and hard work”
And Serena doesn’t? She just woke up one day and was better than everyone? Geez…
Btw Maria is one of the great woman competitors no doubt.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Its incredible the hate for one of the top 4 if not best ever women tennis players ever. And everyone has different reasons! (but most of them are secretly the same reason)

Mla, what reason would you give for claiming Serena uses steroids? She has had the same physique since she was a teenager. She dominated as a teenager. She dominated U18, U16… You figure she has been on steroids, non-stop, for 20, 25 years?
“There is no reason for her not to win”. Really? Against a 20 time Slam winner? Hmmm. OK. Let me know how your bets work out!

Okiegal, I think you’re beautiful. (well, you know, for a rafa/murray fan)

Pitchaboy, respect.


Okiegal Says:

@TV……Awww, thanks!! I didn’t mean to make the issue about me…..but that stuck with me all my life until my teeth were fixed. I try to fix the “fat” problem with a new year’s resolution. Still working on that one!! Lol….About Rafa and Andy, Rafa is letting me down so Andy’s got to do it!!
It would be a dull world if everyone liked the same thing. Glad you don’t hold it against me!! Nice chat, thanks!


Ahfi Says:

@MIa0007: Maybe, whatever your idol Maria does to earn respect even after she loses matches (according to you), should be emulated by YOU so you can earn some respect too? Would that be a good idea? You ‘don’t believe in magic’? I think you do because from what you wrote, Serena woke up one day, without any hard work, and started winning matches. Wouldn’t that be ‘magic’? Stop confusing yourself. If you let go off some of the hatred, that should help. Both women are great players. We have had, and are continuing to have an era of great tennis players on both the women’s and the men’s tour. Let’s enjoy it. They are not going to be playing forever. My two cents…


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer……You are right, no excuses for her former actions on court. Wanted to make it clear that I don’t condone some of her OTT behavior. But she is imo, the best in her era! I do love to watch her play. She reeled off those three aces like it was a piece of cake!! FOCUS…she got it!!


Ahfi Says:

@Brando(2.12pm)- Enjoyed reading this especially the latter part. I could not stop laughing. I guess people need to read stuff like this to stop posting some of the crazy comments.


Hippy Chick Says:

I dont dislike Serena,nor am i racist,i just wouldnt mind seeing another champion here at SW19,as i think it would be fantastic to see some other women getting in the mix,as a matter of fact im actually pulling for Serena to surpass Graff somewhere along the line,as it would be another interesting talking point,the way it was when Roger won number 15 to surpass Pete,would like Rafa also to get to 15 for the same reason,then we are talking about Rafa surpassing Roger,doubt it will happen,but its all plausible….

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