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Serena Williams crushes Maria Sharapova in US Open 2019 first round

Serena Williams Began Her Quest For A 24th Grand Slam Singles Crown By Crushing Five-time Major Winner Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 To Reach The Second Round Of The US Open.

Agencies | Updated on: 27 Aug 2019, 10:42:23 AM
Serena Williams crushed Maria Sharapova in the first round of the US Open 2019 6-1, 6-1. (Image credit: Twitter)

highlights

  • Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1.
  • Serena improved her head-to-head record against Sharapova to 20-2.
  • This was Serena's 19th consecutive win against Sharapova.

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Serena Williams began her quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles crown by crushing five-time major winner Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 to reach the second round of the US Open. Williams needed only 59 minutes to rout her Russian rival, improving to 20-2 all-time against Sharapova with her 19th consecutive victory in the rivalry. Eighth-seeded Williams, who next plays 121st-ranked US wildcard Caty McNally, blasted five aces and 16 winners while Sharapova made 20 unforced errors in the loss at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 37-year-old American, seeking her seventh US Open title, is chasing the all-time record of 24 Slam singles titles won by Margaret Court.

Sharapova, the 2006 US Open winner who defeated Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final, upset Simona Halep in the first round two years ago but could not revive that magic in the showcase opening-night match in the year's final Grand Slam tournament. Williams said that once she learned she would face Sharapova in her first match, "every practice after that was super focused and super intense. "She's such a good player. When you play her you have to be super focused. Whenever I play her I bring out some of my best tennis." 

Serena is trying hard to move past last year's US Open final meltdown, preferring to forget the umpire she called a "liar" and "thief" and fans booing a controversial ending.  Asked if she felt the tournament was hers to win, the eighth seed replied, "I feel like I'm here to do that. We'll see what happens." Her domination of Sharapova produced a 19th consecutive triumph over the five-time Slam winner, boosting her record in the rivalry to 20-2.

It was the first match for Williams at Ashe since she unleashed her wrath at umpire Carlos Ramos in last year's US Open final and he awarded a game penalty to eventual winner Naomi Osaka of Japan, this year's top seed and the reigning Australian Open champion as well. The US Tennis Association decided before the start that Ramos will not officiate any Serena or Venus Williams match at this year's US Open. When she was asked about Ramos, whose penalty calls had a major impact in her loss to Osaka, she replied, "I don't know who that is."

It's doubtful she will want to jog her memory by looking at video of last year's final, which ended with Williams in tears and Osaka's moment of glory left "bittersweet" as fans voiced displeasure at the controversial awarding of a game that put Osaka one game from the title.

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First Published : 27 Aug 2019, 10:42:23 AM

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