Although this first round was a “name” matchup, it was really a matchup in name only.
Maria Sharapova didn’t belong on the same court as Serena Williams today, with Williams winning 6-1 6-1.
She is now 22-2 against the Russian, including a 19-match winning streak.
“Gosh, I never thought about it like that,” Williams said. She keeps coming out and keeps fighting and keeps finding different ways to stay in the match. “
There’s got to be something that allows Serena to beat Sharapova like a drum. They are not friends, but apparently their games matchup.
“I just feel like her game really matches up well against mine,” Williams said. “I always said her ball somehow lands in my strike zone. I don’t know. It’s just perfect for me.”
And for Sharapova, these early matches are just hard luck when it comes to the draw.
“I feel like I’ve had pretty tough draws at this tournament throughout my career,” Sharapova said. “I mean, just two years ago I played the No. 2 player in the world first round. I won that match in a long battle. Then I played another few physical matches. Ended up costing me later in the tournament.
“It’s tough when you don’t play much, then you face tougher opponents. You don’t get through those. It’s an uphill battle, yeah.”
Maria’s battle is over, while Serena moves on.