Serena Williams -08- (USA) def Maria Sharapova -87- (RUS)
Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium emcee Andy Taylor...
Maria Sharapova has beaten Serena Williams once, 15-years-ago when Maria earned her first Major. As a promising 17-year-old, Sharapova upset Serena to capture the 2004 Wimbledon title. Since then, one of the most intense competitors on the planet has yet to crack Serena’s will and determination.
Their head-to-head registers 2 wins for Sharapova and 19 for Williams, but the latest “victory” was actually a Serena withdrawal before their Round of 16 match at the 2018 French Open.
While the two have met four times in Grand Slam Finals, tonight was Maria and Serena’s first meeting at the US Open. Ultimately, it wasn’t vintage Serena versus Maria – it was a World #8 dismantling the World #87 in Round-1 of a Slam.
Then again, based on their head-to-head, perhaps this was vintage Serena versus Maria.
Head to Head at the Majors
▲ At Roland Garros in 2018, Serena withdrew before their R16 match
▲ 2016 QF – Australian Open – Serena Williams | 2-sets
▲ 2015 SF – Wimbledon – Serena Williams | 2-sets
▲ 2015 FF – Australian Open – Serena Williams | 2-sets
▲ 2013 FF – Roland Garros – Serena Williams | 2-sets
▲ 2010 R4 – Wimbledon – Serena Williams | 2-sets
▲ 2007 FF – Australian Open – Serena Williams | 2-sets
▲ 2005 SF – Australian Open – Serena Williams | 3-sets
▲ 2004 FF – Wimbledon – Maria Sharapova | 2-sets (Maria’s only victory over Serena)
NEXT: [WC] Caty McNally -121- (USA) vs  Serena Williams -08- (USA)
Round-1 Biography |  Serena Williams -08- (USA)
No other player has won more Grand Slam matches than this 9-time US Open Finalist. In 1999, at just 17-years-old, she won her first Grand Slam Singles title right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium. 20-years-later, she owns the Career Grand Slam with 23 Major Singles titles overall – the most of any player (male or female) in the Open Era. Include her doubles success with sister Venus – plus 2 Mixed Doubles titles – and she is a 39-time Grand Slam Champion. The sport’s top-ranked player for an astounding 319-weeks – she owns 72 WTA Singles titles, 4 Olympic Gold Medals, is a Fed Cup Champion; and last month at Wimbledon, contested her 50th career championship match at Major. From Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – Please welcome 6-time US Open Champion, Serena Williams.
▲ R1: def Maria Sharapova -87- (RUS) 61 61
Round-1 Biography | Maria Sharapova -87- (RUS)
This 5-time Major Champion is one of only 10 women in tennis history to achieve the Career Grand Slam, and the only player representing Russia (male or female) ever to win all four Majors. In 2004 – at just 17-years-old – she captured her first Major at Wimbledon. 2 years later, she claimed her second Grand Slam title right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium, earning wins over the sport’s top-2 players to take the title. She’s an Olympic Silver Medalist, a Fed Cup Champion, has reached the year-end WTA Finals 8-times, spent 21-weeks as the sport’s top-ranked player – and earlier this year, earned her 98th career victory over a top-10 opponent, defeating defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Competing in her 13th US Open, please welcome 2006 Champion, Maria Sharapova.
Head to Head
This was the 21st career meeting between these two champions, and 9th at a Major. They’ve faced each other 4-times in Grand Slam Finals, but tonight’s Round-1 match marked their first career meeting at the US Open.