They’re the best in women’s tennis and now Serena Williams will face Maria Sharapova in the final match to claim the French Open trophy. Sharapova is defending her championship while Williams is going for her second trophy.
Williams is the favorite having beaten Sharapova in previous face-offs, and Sharapova knows her past performances with Williams cannot be repeated. In a statement to a NY Times reporter she said:
“You know, of course I have lost to her numerous amounts of times,” Sharapova said. “When I go out there, I obviously — whatever I have done, like I said in the past, has not worked. You try to go out there and do something different because whatever you have done just hasn’t performed well. I hope that I can.”
“Well, I’d be lying if it doesn’t bother me, obviously,” Sharapova said of Williams’s advantage in their meetings. “I don’t think that it would be a pretty competitive statement if I said I didn’t. I would love to change that around. You know, I’m proud of the way that I came through this tournament. I have given myself a chance to face, you know, the favorite.”
While Serena is the favorite, she acknowledges that doesn’t mean she’ll get the victory easily. She knows that in tennis one bad play can change the course of the match:
“That can happen on any day,” Williams said. “That can happen on anyone on any day. That’s why I really just ‑‑ every day that I’m doing well I try to do the best I can. And when I’m not, I just try to fight through it, because my forehand, my backhand, my serve, anything could happen.”
Whatever happens it will be a match-up worth seeing. Both women play hard. Both women are dynamic and both will not walk easily to victory.
They will earn it. They are Jersey Girls.
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