Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova
The world’s two best women, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, take center stage at Roland Garros in Paris Saturday to decide the ultimate clay-court prize the French Open Championship. Serena is a -500 favorite over Maria in this final.
How fitting that the two best women in the world (1) Serena Williams and (2) Maria Sharapova will square off for all the marbles in Paris at the French Open on Saturday.
Belarusian (3) Victoria Azarenka is clearly the third best on the planet, but a 1-6 6-2 4-6 loss to Sharapova during the first semifinal solidified her footing on that platform. Maria’s last two matches have consisted of the Russian getting crushed during a frame and the way Williams has been playing along with their one-sided head-to-head another bashing could be right ahead.
Serena stomped on Italian (5) Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 to book her place in the final after taking down four of her previous five opponents by just dropping one, two three and four games. Only an unseeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetosva has taken a set off the American falling 6-1 3-6 6-3.
Williams is 22-0 on clay this season and it took her 46 minutes to eliminate Errani. Sharapova is the defending champion, but 2-13 versus Serena all-time. Maria dropped their opening bout before coming back to get through the American 6-1 6-4 and 4-6 6-2 6-4 at the 2004 Wimbledon and Los Angeles Championships. A season later Williams overcame the Russian during an Australian Open Semifinal 2-6 7-5 8-6.
Only twice since then, okay we can call it three times with Serena beating Sharapova 7-6(9) 6-4 at 2010 Wimbledon, have their matches not been one-way traffic for the American. Maria has played Williams thrice this year losing 6-3 6-2 in Doha, 4-6 6-3 6-0 in Miami and 6-1 6-4 in Madrid.
I’d like to say we have a competitive final, but I’m just not seeing it. Serena storms past the Russian with perhaps a few lapses, but in straight-forward fashion nevertheless.
Serena Williams -500 Maria Sharapova