On Sunday, both Serena and Sharapova advanced through to the 2016 Australian Open women’s singles quarterfinals, in which they will face each other in another high-profile replay of last year’s final and the latest episode in their long-standing rivalry.
Sharapova is looking forward to the match against the world No 1 after dismissing Belinda Bencic in a fourth-round knockout on Sunday. Williams currently dominates women’s tennis and witting or unwittingly created an enormous gulf between her number one spot and the rest of the top-ranked women’s tour. Serena won 21 Grand Slam crowns, which incorporates last year’s French Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open, which she won a record of six occasions in the women’s open era. Serena came excruciatingly close to capturing all four majors titles in 2015, which would have crowned her the first person, after a 27 year drought, to put the finishing touches to a calendar-year Grand Slam.
After her defeat of Margarita Gasparyan in only 55 minutes, Williams said her whole career has been motivated by losses, when she loses, she only gets better. The American tennis star left a path of destruction in her first week at the Melbourne Park Grand Slam without setting foot wrong or conceding a single set. Williams is feeling thoroughly confident in her abilities and form for the moment and she feels she can just continue playing well. Williams is showing top form as such is near insurmountable as an opponent. She stands in good stead to equal Steffi Graf’s 22 major single titles with another championship in Melbourne.
Sharapova on a roll of her own rose to a personal high in her career after delivering 21 aces and smashing 58 winners, having won her second match point when American star disputed a line call, after the Bradenton resident’s forehand got called long. The 5 time Grand Slam champion’s last overall victory in the Australian Open occurred in 2008 and reached the finals four times. Sharapova got herself into the quarterfinals and knows it is going to be tough, especially against Serena Williams.