Serena Williams claim victory over Maria Sharapova in US Open first round rivalry match of 15 years. Serena Williams has won 20 of their 22 times meeting following 6-1 6-1 victory today. January 2016 was like a bad year for Serena Williams after she was pulled out of a schedule meeting of tyhe year French Open due to injury crisis.

Williams said: “Obviously I was going against a player who has won five grand slams so it was never going to be easy, and every practice after that was super intense because it was such a tough draw.”She’s such a good player, and you have to be super focused, so every time I come up against her I have to play my best tennis.”

Williams, who has now won 19 matches in a row against Sharapova, added: “I just feel like her game really matches up well against mine.”I always said her ball somehow lands in my strike zone. I don’t know. It’s just perfect for me.”

Maria Sharapova was nowhere near the player who beat Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final – and also won their next match the same year – but despite the scoreline she did not play at all badly. Sharapova, US Open champion in 2006, was philosophical in defeat.

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