When the draw came out before the tournament, everyone wondered if No. 1 Serena Williams’s quarter due to her rankings drop.It happened, and on Tuesday, so did the projected quarterfinals matchup between the two familiar foes—their Despite the scoreline, the match was a battle from the start.
But back-to-back double faults gave Serena the break point to tie the game at 2–2.The key turning point in the match came at 4–4, where Sharapova had two break point chances for the chance to serve out the first set but Serena held on to go up 5–4.Sharapova remain resilient, saving three set points with a two big second serves and a forehand into the net from Serena, before finally losing the fourth break point.Serena took the first set 6–4 in 55 minutes, longer than her previous two matches in Melbourne."It's obviously always frustrating," Sharapova said of her head-to-head history against Serena.I need to learn.” Radwanska has now made the semifinals or better at a Slam the last five years and is coming off a win at the WTA Finals in 2015 and at the Shenzhen Open at the beginning of this season.
She says those titles have given her a little bit of extra confidence in Melbourne.
“On the hindsight, yes, especially that you playing there only against top players, and that give me always more confidence,” Radwanska said of her WTA Finals title.
"It's motivating because she's at a different level. That's the reason I can't get so many free points against her.?
She makes you go back to the drawing board, not just for me, but for many other players. That's inspiring." Heading into the match, Sharapova was serving strong—she fired 52 aces through four matches—and knew it was going to be a critical part of the match against Serena. “Yesterday and the day before I don't sleep as much as I want. You know, I feel tired,” Suarez Navarro said after the match.
Sthink if you're serving maybe 180 against somebody else compared to Serena, that's an ace," Sharapova said after the match when asked about her serves. “Today I don't have the good feeling to play good tennis, the good mentality to play more aggressive or try to play a little bit better than I play.
"Against Serena, as we all know, the return is one of her great strengths. But I have to learn about these situations, this match, this experience.