Serena Williams finds herself in the French Open women's final for the first time in over a decade this June. Her opponent on Saturday, Maria Sharapova, is making her second straight final appearance as defending champion at Roland Garros.
Despite her champion status, though, the second-seeded Sharapova hasn't had much success against Williams in her career. Serena leads the all-time series 13-2, including 5-2 in finals.
The women's overall top seed, Williams has been utterly dominant to this point in the tournament. She has dropped just one set and boasts a 30-match winning streak coming into the championship round.
With the stage set, we'll get you ready with everything you need to know for Saturday's final showdown on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Where: Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland Garros, Paris, France
When: Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. ET
Coverage: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Williams' Reign of Dominance Over Sharapova
It's safe to say that Serena Williams has had Maria Sharapova's number over the course of their careers.
Sharapova began her career with a 2-1 advantage over the younger of the two Williams sisters, beating Serena most notably in the 2004 Wimbledon final. Since the start of 2005, however, it's been all Serena.
The 15-time major winner has won 12 straight matches against Sharapova, dropping just three sets to the Russian over that time.
Perhaps even more important is the fact that Williams is 2-0 all time against Sharapova on the clay, having beaten her most recently at the 2013 Madrid Open. That win came in straight sets.
Although Sharapova has improved considerably on the red stuff in recent years, her movement will need to be near-flawless against the superior speed and power of Williams.
While Sharapova is the defending champion of this tournament, she will be at a major disadvantage on Saturday taking on a player who has dominated her in recent matchups.
Williams looks set on adding another title to the trophy case. Judging by how quickly she rolled through 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani on Thursday in the semifinals (6-0, 6-1), she's ready to make short work of Sharapova in the final as well.
Sure, Sharapova had her moments against Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals, smashing winners and landing big aces, but Williams is playing on an unreachable level at the moment.
Although Saturday will be the toughest test for the 31-year-old American in Paris this summer, expect Serena Williams to finish this tournament exactly how she started—with a dominant straight-sets victory.
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