‘I’m going to beat that girl’ – Maria Sharapova’s coach once made a huge blunder when meeting Serena Williams

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Maria Sharapova, the former Russian tennis professional, is one of the few players who can give Serena Williams a tough fight. From admiring Williams’ gameplay to achieving her caliber, Sharapova has come a long way. However, defeating the 23-time Grand Slam champion was never an easy task.

Therefore, the Russian had to give her best if she wanted to emerge victorious from the clash against Williams. But sometimes such matches weighed heavily on him and his coach had to take action. An example of this is Sharapova’s breakdown in their 2008 Charleston Open match.

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Maria Sharapova loses hope

Sharapova, while playing against Williams in the quarter-finals of the WTA 500 event, almost reached the point of a nervous breakdown. In response to this, his trainer approached her during the break and tried to cheer her up. But in the process, the coach of the five-time Grand Slam champion almost slipped a swear word. He said, “Be tough, and that’s it. And you have to believe that you’re gonna beat that – girl.

Later, he himself admitted, “I almost slipped up there.” However, his unintentional slip worked as he made the former world No.1 smile. Although she couldn’t get the better of Williams and lost the semi-final spot in three sets.

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The American then beat Russian tennis ace Vera Zvonareva in straight sets 6-4 3-6 6-3 in the final to claim the trophy in the clay event.

Sharapova vs. Serena Williams

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The Russian has locked horns with Serena Williams a total of 22 times. On which she was only able to get two matches. First, being in the final of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships where she outclassed the seven-time Wimbledon champion in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 to clinch her first-ever Grand Slam trophy on grass.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia congratulates Serena Williams of the United States on winning her quarter-final match on day nine of the Australian Open 2016 at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) Ma

Subsequently, the same year, at the WTA Tour Finals, Sharapova once again beat Williams in sets of 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 for the second and final time.

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Moreover, their last face dates back to 2019. They faced off in the first round of the US Open and Williams beat Sharapova to claim an easy 6-1, 6-1 win. After that, Williams won her 100th Grand Slam match that year.

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