Friday, June 7, 2013

Serena vs Maria - the one sided battle

As we arrive at the final match of women at French Open '13 the top two seeds have held their ground. What better than the top two players battling it out in the final of a Grand Slam? Still the expectation of a great contest may fall flat, and we might see a one sided affair.

Serena Williams is resurrected at 31 yrs of age both in fitness and motivation. She always had the skill. Her dominance of the field has been outrageous this season. In Quarter Finals, she had a tough match with experienced clay courter Svetlana Kuznetsova and for a part of the second set she must have felt threatened. However, her resolve is steely this year and helped her came through the QF in 3 sets. In semi she demolished Sara Errani in about 45 mins to earn a place in the final.

Maria Sharapova, on the other hand, is the defending champion. She had two very tough matches in QF and SF against Jelena Jankovic and Victoria Azarenka, but she made it in the third on both occasions. I think, her will is commendable and despite being 2-13 against Serena in all matches, she'll give it her best shot. Though, its a long shot.

Maria defeated Serena in 2004 Wimbledon final and looks like till date Serena is avenging her loss. She comes out extra motivated against Maria and routes her to defeat.

To me, the result would be the same in favour of Serena since Sharapova doesn't do anything different against her. Sharapova's game plan works well against everybody else but not Williams and if she is willing to change the results she must come out and play out of her comfort zone. Even then, it won't be easy.

Deep within Maria, the belief levels are low and even Sharapova's dad has said that she can't beat Williams. When such a psyche is within you and team, you sure can't.

Williams in straight sets!

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