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OZ Women’s Final Notes

2013 French Open - Day Fourteen

LAST TIME
-when total 23 Grand Slam singles titles clashed in a women’s Grand Slam final, it was in Wimbledon in 1999 when Lindsay Davenport (1title)vs. Steffi Graf (22 titles); today Serena Williams (18) will meet Maria Sharapova (5).

 

-when more than 23 Grand Slam titles clashed in a women’s Grand Slam final before today’s final, it was at Roland Garros in 1999 when Steffi Graf (21) vs. Martina Hingis (5). (The record in the Open-era is held by Graf vs. Seles in 1996 US Open with 29 titles.)

 

This Aussie Open women’s final will be the 8th meeting between a Russian (or former USSR) and a US female player in the Grand Slam history:

  1. 1974 RG (Chris Evert vs. Olga Morozova) 6-1 6-2
  2. 1974 W (Chris Evert vs. Olga Morozova) 6-0 6-4
  3. 2004 W (Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams) 6-1 6-4
  4. 2007 AO (Serena Williams – Maria Sharapova) 6-1 6-2
  5. 2009 AO (Serena Williams – Dinara Safina) 6-0 6-3
  6. 2010 W (Serena Williams – Vera Zvonareva) 6-3 6-2
  7. 2013 RG (Serena Williams – Maria Sharapova) 6-4 6-4
  8. 2015 AO (Serena Williams– Maria Sharapova)

 

The first 7 match was a 2setter!
W/L record :   6:1 for the US players

 

In Australia, in a Russian-US women’s final, ALWAYS the US players won.

 

Maria Sharapova NEVER won Grand Slam title in odd calendar year! (2004 – Wimbledon, 2006 – US Open, 2008- Australian Open, 2012 and 2014 –RG)

 

Maria Sharapova won ONLY ONCE against non-European opponent (Serena Williams in 2004 Wimbledon), any other time she won her titles against European opponent (Henin, Ivanovic, Errani, Halep).

 

 

 

This Aussie Open is

  • Maria 46th Serena 58th Grand Slam appearances

The final match will be

  • Maria 209th Serena 305th Grand Slam singles matches
  • Maria 10th (5-4 W/L) vs. Serena 23rd (18-4 W/L) final appearances.

 

Winning percentage at Aussie Open

  • Maria has 82,75%  vs. Serena 88,31%.

 

3 times of Sharapova’s 5 Grand Slam, Serena was seeded lower than Maria:

2006 US   Maria No.3   Serena WC       Sharapova won the title

2008 AO   Maria No.5   Serena No.7                  Sharapova won the title

2012 RG   Maria No.2   Serena No. 5       Sharapova won the title

 

In the other 2 times:

2014 RG Serena No.1 Maria No. 7 however, they did not meet each other!

2004 W   Maria No.13 Serena 1.               Sharapova won the title

 

In 2004, in Wimbledon was THE ONLY TIME for Sharapova when Serena was seeded higher than her, however Sharapova could beat her in the final!

 

This Aussie Open is the 89th Australian Championships (total), and the 47th Australian Open (in the Open-era).

 

Serena Williams won the

 

77th Aussie Championships (35th in Open-era) in 2003

79th Aussie Championships (37th in Open-era) in 2005

81st Aussie Championships (39th in Open-era) in 2007

83rdAussie Championships (41st in Open-era) in 2009

84th Aussie Championships (42nd in Open-era) in 2010

 

Maria Sharapova won the

 

82nd Aussie Championships (40th in Open-era) in 2008

 

Serena Williams’s every title came from the odd years, except one from 2010.

Maria Sharapova was champion in Melbourne (as well as in Paris, in Wimbledon and in New York) ONLY in even years!

Their histories in Melbourne….

 

15 years ago

 

Serena Williams lost in the Round 16

Maria Sharapova was 12 years and 9 months at the time of the Aussie Open.

 

10 years ago

 

Serena Williams won the tournament vs. Lindsay Davenport.

Maria Sharapova lost in the semifinal vs. Serena Williams.

 

5 years ago

 

Serena Williams won the tournament vs. Justine Henin.

Maria Sharapova lost in the first round vs. Maria Kirilenko.

 

and now?

 

Serena Williams in the final.

Maria Sharapova in the final.

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