Serena Williams of the USA, who is seeded eighth will face Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open on Monday, August 26. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova Head to Head
The two women have played each other 22 times before, with Williams leading their personal head to head series by 19 matches to three. Two of those Russian victories came in 2004, with the third coming in the French Open in 2018, the last time they met. Williams won all the intervening encounters.
This, though, will be the first time the pair have met at the US Open.
Williams Chasing Elusive 24th Grand Slam title
37-year-old Williams is still chasing the elusive 24th Grand Slam singles title that will bring her level on the all-time list with Margaret Court and, having been beaten in the Wimbledon final, she will know that she will not get many more chances to achieve her ambition realistically.
Flushing Meadows may be her best opportunity, but the American will have bitter-sweet memories of being back here. On the positive side, it is the arena where she has won six times before, but, conversely, it is also the scene of one of her greatest all-time court meltdowns in her final with Naomi Osaka last year, where her behaviour alienated so many neutral tennis fans around the world.
Her preparations for this tournament have been hampered by the back injury that forced her to withdraw from her Rogers Cup final with Bianca Andreescu, and which caused her to withdraw from the Cincinnati Open. She will be hoping it is sufficiently recovered to enable her to mount her bid to make tennis history.
Sharapova, Season and Latter Career Plagued by Injury
32-year-old Sharapova knows all about suffering from injuries. The former multiple Grand Slam winner has been plagued by them in recent years, so much so that she has become a comparatively rare sight on the WTA Tour.
This year has been no exception. Having got to the fourth round in Melbourne, she subsequently was forced to miss the spring US hard court, and the whole of the subsequent European clay court seasons, including Roland Garros.
She returned on the grass of Mallorca, and entered Wimbledon, but then the injury curse struck again, and she was forced to retire from her first round match with Pauline Parmentier, despite the fact that she was leading at the time. Subsequently, she was beaten in the first round in Montreal, and the second in Cincinnati.
Sharapova won this title back in 2006, but that is just a distant memory now.
Williams v Sharapova Predictions & Tips
Williams is the favourite to win not only this match at 7/19, but the tournament as a whole. This encounter will always attract attention because of the associated back-story, with the two players having a long and deep history of personal animosity towards each other. However, in reality, Williams has dominated their rivalry, and, provided that her back holds up, should beat the injury-plagued Russian with ease.
Tip: Williams to win in straight sets: 5/6 (888Sport)