Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Serena versus Maria Showdown Today

by Mad Professah

After dispatching hard-hitting but young Czech Lucia Safarova in a racial incident marred match yesterday 6-3, 6-4 reigning Australian Open champion Serena Williams will face reigning US Open champion Maria Sharapova today in a widely anticipated match some are calling "Serenapova."

Williams leads the Serenapova series 3-2 and has won the last two times she has played Sharapova, both at the Australian Open. In addition, Maria beat Serena's sister (and officially listed coach!) on Sunday in a very tense, close match 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.

It is very difficult for players to beat both Williams sisters in a single tournament (and win the tournament) and it is doubtful Maria who has been struggling with her serve lately will manage it against a resurgent Serena.

MadProfessah pick: Serena, in 2 sets.


Craig Hickman said...

That was WAY too easy. Serena made Maria look like she was ranked outside the top 100.

In 2004, Venus lost a match in a third set breaker the to Dementieva and Serena cleaned Elena's clock in the final 6-1, 6-1 to win her third straight Miami title.

A few rounds early and a different opponent, but history just repeated itself.