The rivalry between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova began in 2004. In that season the two clashed three times: in Miami, in the final at Wimbledon and at the Los Angeles Masters. In Miami Serena won, but in the other two circumstances she won the Russian.
Since then began a streak of 19 consecutive matches won by the American. The two tennis players then clashed in three other Grand Slam finals (Australian Open 2007 and 2015, Roland Garros 2013) and in 2012 at the final of the Olympic Games.
All these matches were won by Serena Williams, who is not defeated by the Russian from the final. of the 2004 Los Angeles Masters. The Russian does not snatch a set from Serena from the final of the Premier Mandatory in Miami 2013, always won by the American 4-6 6-3 6-0.
The rivalry ended in 2020, with the retirement of Sharapova. At least on the court.
Sharapova: "Serena Williams hated me for..."
The Russian dedicated several pages to Serena Williams in her autobiography Unstoppable: My Life so far.
The Russian has always considered Serena as her biggest rival but she could n’t enjoy much success on-court. In the book, the Russian former champion talked about the 2004 Wimbledon final. In a precise passage we can read: "What I heard when I came in to the locker room was Serena Williams bawling.
Guttural sobs. I got out as quickly as I could, but she knew I was there. I think she hated me for seeing her at her lowest moment. But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. She's never forgiven me for it. " Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova met again in New York, a few days ago, for the MET Gala at the Metropolitan Museum, where many other tennis stars were present, as well as recent US Open finalists Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, many others sportsmen like Lewis Hamilton and world stars of film and music.