There’s not much to choose between their first serves either: both are pacey and their average speeds are almost identical.
The patterns of play they prefer are also identical: Williams favours the slice serve out wide to the deuce court and the serve up the T to the ad court, as does Sharapova.
And both work well, with Sharapova winning 72 per cent of her first serve points, and Williams winning 76% so far in the tournament.
The one significant difference is their respective second serves. Maria hits hers hard and relatively flat - her average second serve speed is only 14kmph slower than her average first serve speed.
This means it’s a low-percentage play and so she’s prone to double-faulting: she hit 11 in her semi-final against Azarenka and has 26 in total so far.
Williams on the other hand hits her second serves with a great deal of topspin. Less pace than Sharapova but more spin so it’s a high percentage play, and it works really well on clay given she can open up the court with it.
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