WTA Madrid final - Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams (12:00 BST)

Maria Sharapova (credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova takes on Serena Williams this afternoon in the final of the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open (12:00 BST start).

Today marks Sharapova's 50th WTA final and she would be delighted if she can record her first win over Serena since 2004. To add extra spice to an already mouthwatering match-up, the winner of this one will go into Rome next week as world No. 1. 

Sharapova was convincingly outplayed by Williams on a number of occasions in 2012, but she came close in the Miami final last month, leading by a set and a break before Serena came roaring back, pulverising the Russian's serve with her usual venom to clinch victory in three sets.

However, clay could provide Sharapova with her best chance. These days she's the player to beat on the dirt, while Serena is at her most vulnerable on red clay. She played well to defeat Sara Errani in straight sets in the semi-finals, but she nearly exited the tournament in the quarters after being bagelled by Anabel Medina Garrigues, which will have given Sharapova plenty of hope.

Sharapova on the other hand has played extremely well all week and hasn't been seriously troubled, impressively outplaying Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-3 in the semi-finals.

This could be close.

Prediction: Sharapova in three.


All Tennis News

Recent Tennis Articles

  • Roger Federer leads Switzerland to first-ever David Cup title

    Roger Federer recorded a straight sets win over Richard Gasquet on Sunday to ensure Switzerland their first-ever David Cup title....

  • ATP tennis rankings - year-end ATP rankings for 2014

    Novak Djokovic has ended 2014 as the world No. 1 in the year-end ATP tennis rankings....

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Roger Federer - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Roger Federer takes place this afternoon in the first singles rubber on Day Three at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

  • Roger Federer eyes improvement ahead of final day of the Davis Cup final

    Roger Federer expects to improve as the match progresses, having suffered a heavy defeat on day one of the Davis Cup final in Lille on Friday....

  • France vs. Switzerland doubles - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Gasquet/Benneteau vs. Chiudinelli/Lammer takes place this afternoon in the doubles at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

  • Gael Monfils vs. Roger Federer - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Gael Monfils vs. Roger Federer takes place this afternoon in the second singles rubber at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Stan Wawrinka - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Stan Wawrinka takes place this afternoon in the first singles rubber at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

  • World number two Roger Federer fit to play in Davis Cup final

    World number two Roger Federer has been passed fit to play for Switzerland in this weekend's Davis Cup final showdown against France....

  • France vs. Switzerland - Davis Cup Final 2014 preview

    France will have home advantage when they take on Switzerland in the 2014 Davis Cup Final at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille (November 21st to 23rd)....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Coleman to Chelsea FC? Podolski to quit Arsenal FC? Klopp to Liverpool FC? Tuesday's transfer round-up

    Tuesday's round up of the top transfer stories from the past 24 hours......

  • Pakistan vs. New Zealand - 3rd Test Match Preview

    Pakistan vs. New Zealand starts on Wednesday in the third Test....

  • Arsenal FC vs. Borussia Dortmund Champions League kick-off time

    Arsenal vs. Dortmund takes place in the Champions League on Wednesday night....

  • FC Basel vs. Real Madrid CF - Champions League preview and predictions

    Swiss champions Basel still have it all to play for, but face a daunting task when they welcome Real Madrid to their St. Jakob-Park stadium on Wednesday night....

  • Golden State Warriors @ Miami Heat - Live Stream, Start Time and NBA Match Preview

    Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors takes place tonight in the NBA....

  • Arsenal FC midfielder Jack Wilshere out for 'the next few games'

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss at least the "next few games" with an ankle injury....

  • PFC Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Liverpool FC Champions League kick-off time

    Ludogorets vs. Liverpool takes place in the Champions League on Wednesday night....

  • Marco Reus out until January with ankle injury

    Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, who has been linked with a number of clubs including Liverpool and Manchester United, will be out of action until January after tearing ligaments in his right ankle....

  • Eugenie Bouchard looking for a new coach

    Eugenie Bouchard is looking for a new coach....

More Stories

Latest News



Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

WTA Madrid final - Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams (12:00 BST)

Maria Sharapova takes on Serena Williams this afternoon in the final of the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open (12:00 BST start).

Read more »

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?