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Venus Williams - Maria Sharapova Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
Russian FederationM Sharapova66---
United StatesV Williams13---

Live Comments

  1. - - Sharapova is through to the fourth round having only dropped four games so far in Melbourne. "Venus is a tremendous athlete and a great champion ... no matter what she's ranked, seeded or not, she's a very tough opponent to play. I was up 5-1 then made a few more errors than I would have liked to, so I was really happy to just serve it out." We can see that Maria, given your massive scream at the conclusion.

  2. - - SHARAPOVA 6-1 6-3 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Sharapova runs away to 30-0 in the blink of an eye. Controversy in the next point as the Russian decides not to continue on a point and instead challenge a baseline ball called in. The replay shows it was in fact in, and after she botches the next point it’s 30-30. Venus, however, wallops a ball carelessly long to give Sharapova a match point. And with the Russian’s fourth ace of the match it’s all over.

  3. - - SHARAPOVA 6-1 5-3 – A rare serve-volley moment is pure brilliance as they both approach the net boldly and engage in some tit-for-tat volleys before Williams swats it away to the right out of Sharapova’s reach and into the court behind. Williams dictates the next point too, running Shara ragged and forcing her into a lob that she smashes away. She mirrors the success of the last point in the next. 40-30. Sharapova returns into the net. Helloooooo Venus. Sharapova is serving for the match again.

  4. - - WILLIAMS - 6-1 5-2 - BREAK! Williams swats left to right for winner that gives her the advantage. A tremendous rally ensues and the crowd holds their breath as the pair battle at the baseline before Sharapova spins one low over the net. Williams sprints and it could be a drop shot into an empty court. But no, it’s into the net. The American has the advantage again after and unforced error and she takes advantage this time with a pounding return that is more the signature Venus from the old days.

  5. - - 0-15. She follows this with a simply sublime backhand that finds its target across court and pings past the Russian’s left side. 0-30. Sharapova punts on a deep return but goes too long and Williams has three break points on her hands here. Let’s not speak of comebacks too soon though, as Sharapova gets out her serve, sending two down the T the American can’t even get back over. One long return later and it’s deuce. How did that happen?

  6. - - SHARAPOVA 6-1 5-1 - BREAK! A sensational rally sees Sharapova send Venus running all over the place, back and forth across the baseline, dictating every shot, forcing her opponent into submission, until it’s the Russian who flairs a little too wide on a drive. Woops. She gets the next one right though. The scoreboard shows 30-40, before the Russian swats another ball long. The pair trade errors at the net until Shara grabs the game to serve for the match.

  7. - - SHARAPOVA 6-1 4-1 - For the first time there are a couple of holes in the Russian’s play, and that would make a difference to the scoreboard if Venus didn’t commit so many unforced errors. She's at a grand total of 21 now to Shara's nine. You can read exasperation all over the American's face. Sharapova pounces on a forehand before another cross-court backhand, and the game’s longest rally ensues until Venus finds the mesh again.

  8. - - SHARAPOVA 6-1 3-1 - Before Venus has even recovered from her serve Sharapova is on top of the ball, unrelenting in her returns. It’s already 0-40. Venus is spared the break the first time around after Shara misjudges a forehand down the tramlines. And an on-spinning serve commands the point in Venus's favour. Shara overcooks again and Venus has the ad, using the momentum to take the return of serve and pump it straight down the line. Venus has finally turned up to play, but will it last?

  9. - - SHARAPOVA 6-1 3-0 - Sharapova challenges an out call at the baseline, and alas, it’s clearly on the line. It’s 30-0 and she slithers across the baseline like an anaconda, squeezing tighter and tighter with wide drives on both sides and forcing Venus to scramble until she simply can’t breath anymore and thwacks one into the net. She finishes her off with her third ace.

  10. - - Venus is very shaky on her first serve, botching three in a row. Her second is still a wall of power but it doesn't matter. Sharapova is tearing her apart. It's brutal out there, and it's not even 40C degrees today!

  11. - - SHARAPOVA 6-1 1-0 - Venus can’t find her target on return of Sharapova’s serve and the score goes straight away to 15-0. Four shots into the next rally and Venus nets again for her 14th unforced error. Sharapova’s serve is a monster. She thwacks an almighty one down the centre that can’t be overcome. Venus claws back up the scoreboard and it’s 40-30, until the Russian aces again.

  12. - - SHARAPOVA 6-1 - SET! Venus has to hold serve to stay in this set, but she's no chance in this battle. Sharapova has three set points off a pounding forehand and grabs her by the neck in the second.

  13. - - SHARAPOVA 5-1 - In a 'so there' moment of defiance, Sharapova produces a screamer of an ace. Her serve is huge and it's brilliant to watch. Venus is going big with her shots but Sharapova is dictating most of the points.

  14. - - SHARAPOVA - 4-1 Well well well, Venus has finally broken the spell. The pair battle at the baseline, before she almost nonchalantly whacks a forehand that spins across to the back-right pocket where Sharapova has zero chance of reaching. Some big serves here help her in this game.

  15. - - SHARAPOVA 4-0 - We're at 28 games and counting. Williams seems to be feeling the pressure already here. There’s no doubt her shots are pure power, but the Russian is matching each time and raising her one.

  16. - - And there we have it ... Sharapova has now won 27 successive games in Melbourne and is still yet to drop one. Can Venus do it soon? The umpire is forced to call for quiet between serves after a few comedians in the crowd (can only assume Aussies) make fun of Sharapova's grunt before calling out 'Come on Serena!'

  17. - - SHARAPOVA 3-0 - BREAK! Venus is finding her range a little bit more now but relying on neither-here-nor-there mid-court punts, Sharapova the one breaking the pattern with some wide play that puts the American off balance. Williams is up 30-15 until Shara wallops a winner backhand return of serve across court. Venus double faults. 30-40. Sharapova bends the ball wide again and Venus, you guessed it, whacks into the net.

  18. - - SHARAPOVA 2-0 - Sharapova is her dazzling self, covering the court with confidence and keeping her shots consistent. Soon it’s 30-0 but Venus fires one down to the right again to snatch a point back, and Shara equals the score on her own by hitting one into the mesh. A brilliant deep return of serve grabs Williams an unexpected break point but she botches it into the net. Shara grasps the opportunity to take the advantage, wrapping it up as Venus dumps into the net once again.

  19. - - SHARAPOVA 1-0 - BREAK! Williams begins inauspiciously with a double fault, before drawing her opponent out wide to the left and tricking her with another wide forehand drive. She then overcooks another forehand. 15-40. Two break points. One is saved after Sharapova shoots long but the Russian puts away a winner down the right-hand line to gain an early footing on the match.

  20. - - Practice is over and Venus has taken off her jacket to reveal that watercolour dress which she is so fond if this tournament. Sharapova is again in her strappy lemon yellow number. And off we go!

  21. - - Surprising stat! Despite a hugely successful career, Williams has never won the Australian Open. Sharapova lifted the trophy in 2008.

  22. - - Williams leads 4-3 on head-to-head, but it must be noted that the pair have played only once since 2009, which Sharapova won in straight sets in Rome last May. Venus has won the toss and opted to serve, and the ladiesare finishing the final three minutes of their practice hit.

  23. - - One gets the ominous feeling though that Venus is about to break that particular run by stealing at least a few games off her. Though Venus is still in the process of re-establishing herself on the Slam scene after suffering from the autoimmune disorder Sjogren's Syndrome, she has only dropped seven games in the first two rounds here. Which is, in all fairness, quite good really.

  24. - - One gets the ominous feeling though that Venus is about to break that particular run by stealing at least a few games off her. Though Venus is still in the process of re-establishing herself on the Slam scene after suffering from the autoimmune disorder Sjogren's Syndrome, she has only dropped seven games in the first two rounds here. Which is, in all fairness, quite good really.

  25. - - You could say that world No. 2 Sharapova is ‘winning’ the Open so far, making light work of her first two opponents without dropping a game. The No. 2 seed is the first player in 28 years to notch consecutive double-bagel wins and has spent only 102 minutes on court so far. Read the report here.

  26. - - And we're back on Rod Laver Arena for the remainder of tonight for the much-anticipated third-round clash between Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Venus Williams

Nationality USA
Date of Birth 17/06/1980
Height 1.85 m
Weight 72 kg

Maria Sharapova

Nationality RUS
Date of Birth 19/04/1987
Height 1.88 m
Weight 59 kg

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