Maria Sharapova Will Struggle Against Serena Williams in French Open Final

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJune 7, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 06:  Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand in her womens' singles semi-final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus  against during day twelve of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 6, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Maria Sharapova was able to advance to the final match of the French Open, but now the star tennis player will be in big trouble going up against Serena Williams for a shot at the Grand Slam win.

Sharapova was able to defeat Victoria Azarenka in three sets in the semifinal match, winning 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.  Although she was able to get the victory, she certainly didn’t have her best stuff in the match.  She appeared to lack confidence in her shot the entire match, and it shows from the score.

This could have been a carryover effect from the quarterfinals match against the No. 18 seeded Jelena Jankovic, where Sharapova lost the first set 0-6 before winning the next two sets.

On the other hand, Williams has been looking utterly in control and dominant heading into the final match.  She defeated Sara Errani, last year’s runner-up, in the semifinals with ease 6-0, 6-1 in a match that only lasted 46 minutes. 

Williams has looked calm and composed the entire tournament.  After a dominant performance throughout the Grand Slam event at Roland Garros, Williams is now in the finals for the first time since she won the whole thing back in 2002.

To say that Williams is hot would be an understatement.  She’s now won 30 straight matches and isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon.

With how well Williams has been playing, there’s little doubt that she will be the favorite heading into the match against Sharapova.  When the two play against each other, Williams is an impressive 13-2 and seems to have Sharapova’s number.  Williams has actually won the last 12 matches between the two, with her last loss in 2004 at Wimbledon against Sharapova.

The one thing that Sharapova definitely has going for her is that she is the defending champion at Roland Garros.  She will be looking to keep the Grand Slam event title, but it will definitely be a tough task.

There’s no denying that these are two of the best women tennis players in the world right now.  However, with how well Williams is playing, Sharapova is going to have a lot of trouble trying to take home the championship at Roland Garros.