Serena-Sharapova WTA Miami Masters SF

Who wins?

  • Maria Sharapova

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Lukhas

Legend
4 games in a row, 5-4 Williams. So far this tournament, Williams found great counters IMO. Sharapova takes forever between her 1st and 2nd serve; can't blame her given that she consistently put on the defensive on the return of serve.
 

Lukhas

Legend
Nothing you can do when Williams serve like that. Sharapova still made some avoidable UEs though. 6-4 Williams.
 

FuriousYellow

Professional
4 games in a row, 5-4 Williams. So far this tournament, Williams found great counters IMO. Sharapova takes forever between her 1st and 2nd serve; can't blame her given that she consistently put on the defensive on the return of serve.
Especially since she's also concerned with just getting the serve in.
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
Even if it's 6-2 5-0 40-0 in favor of Sharapova, I still think somehow Serena will win.
This is so true lmao

I see this match has already started. Im suprised the scoreline is so close, when they play its more about how many games Serena feels like giving her than how many Maria can earn.
 
Sharapova was great going 4-1 up, but after that she bottled it. Made 3 UEs to give Serena the break back and from then on hasn't played as well. Serena's been the same throughout the whole set, maybe served a bit better towards the end but that's it.
 
This is so true lmao

I see this match has already started. Im suprised the scoreline is so close, when they play its more about how many games Serena feels like giving her than how many Maria can earn.
That's just nonsense, Maria clearly earned the scoreline at 4-1 she was making some truly great shots that Serena, who can't move nearly as well as she did in her prime, could not get to.
 

Soianka

Hall of Fame
Sharapova was great going 4-1 up, but after that she bottled it. Made 3 UEs to give Serena the break back and from then on hasn't played as well. Serena's been the same throughout the whole set, maybe served a bit better towards the end but that's it.
LOL

Clearly the match is all in Sharapova's hands.

We will ignore all the UE's that Serena made at the early part of the first set.
 
Serena hasn't been impressive in the slightest outside of the usual aces here and there, it's just Maria's general lack of form coming into this match combined with Maria's mental block against Serena that's keeping her in it.
 

Soianka

Hall of Fame
Serena hasn't been impressive for a while now, and she certainly didn't impress when she came back in that set due to Maria's level dropping off.
now you are contradicting yourself but are accurate that Serena is no where near her best right now...

and that is the primary reason Sharapova has won as many games as she has so far

hence, it is not and never was in Sharapova's hands

that's why she has a 2-15 record against Serena...Serena is just better than Maria
 

Lukhas

Legend
Serena hasn't been impressive for a while now, and she certainly didn't impress when she came back in that set due to Maria's level dropping off.
More like overheated. She started trying much harder than she actually needed on court, racking up the errors.
 

Tcbtennis

Hall of Fame
Serena breaks back on a Maria double fault. Credit to Serena for fighting for that break after Maria had 40-15 in that game.
 

Lukhas

Legend
Well, love break for Williams. If she serves like she did on her previous service game (115+mph), it'll look quite bleak for Sharapova.
 
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3 UEs to give Serena BPs, as expected. Maria just can't hold it all together against Serena, Serena doesn't have to do anything remotely special to beat her. Just be solid enough and she'll implode.
 

Tcbtennis

Hall of Fame
Well Serena hits four serves and wins the game Federeresque style (1min) and Then Maria hits four serves and hits 4 unforced errors into the net. 4-3 Serena up a break.
 

Tahlya31

New User
3 UEs to give Serena BPs, as expected. Maria just can't hold it all together against Serena, Serena doesn't have to do anything remotely special to beat her. Just be solid enough and she'll implode.
Unfortunately Maria does not have the game to beat Serena.
She just doesn't.

It's competitive, and it might give Serena fits, but at the end of the day..it's not enough.
 
Unfortunately Maria does not have the game to beat Serena.
She just doesn't.

It's competitive, and it might give Serena fits, but at the end of the day..it's not enough.
She has the game, just doesn't have the mentality. Can't give away cheap games against Williams whether you're in the lead or not, and that's exactly what she's done in both sets.
 

Tahlya31

New User
She has the game, just doesn't have the mentality. Can't give away cheap games against Williams whether you're in the lead or not, and that's exactly what she's done in both sets.
What game does she have to challenge Serena?
All she does is bash the ball from the baseline. OK, brilliant...is that all?
 

Lukhas

Legend
Well, Match Point. EDIT: Sharapova found a good serve; too bad she dumped the next ball in the net. 6-4, 6-3.
 

Soianka

Hall of Fame
Serena didn't even play particularly well. If she would have, it would have been another match like the Olympics semifinal.

15 in a row!!!!
 

Tcbtennis

Hall of Fame
She has the game, just doesn't have the mentality. Can't give away cheap games against Williams whether you're in the lead or not, and that's exactly what she's done in both sets.
When Maria plays the other women not named Serena she is able to blast winners from the back of the court or force them into defensive positions that gives her a short ball to easily put away. She cannot do that easily against Serena. Balls that will be winners or forced errors against lesser players are nothing to Serena and she can get them easily and force Maria on defense. Serena on defense >>>>>>> Maria on defense. When you add in Serena's serve there is really nothing Maria can do.
 

Vanhool

Legend
Ok I peeked at the score. Haven't seen the match yet, but it's obvious Serena must have cheated :twisted:
 

Sid_Vicious

G.O.A.T.
Sometimes Serena just randomly starts hitting so hard against Sharapova it reminds me of playing Topspin 3 when I maxed out my character's power, forehand, and backhand stat. Ridiculous power with ridiculous ease. I was hoping they showed the speed on some of those forehands Serena hit; I think some were 100 mph or higher.
 

Midaso240

Hall of Fame
Sometimes Serena just randomly starts hitting so hard against Sharapova it reminds me of playing Topspin 3 when I maxed out my character's power, forehand, and backhand stat. Ridiculous power with ridiculous ease. I was hoping they showed the speed on some of those forehands Serena hit; I think some were 100 mph or higher.
She's so much stronger than the other girls,it's not really a fair fight. In 100 years,1000 years,I doubt we'll see another women's player so physically superior to the other women
 

Tcbtennis

Hall of Fame
She's so much stronger than the other girls,it's not really a fair fight. In 100 years,1000 years,I doubt we'll see another women's player so physically superior to the other women
Yes she is stronger than most, if not all of the other women. But if strength was it only she would get far but not as far as she has. She's also so much quicker and athletic than the other big ball strikers. But her coup de grâce, the thing that sets her apart from all the other big ball strikers, is her incredible will to win. Having all 3 makes Serena what she is today.
 
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