Serena Williams Dominates, Maria Sharapova Survives and will meet in Brisbane Semifinal


Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

(January 2, 2014) Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have set up a semifinal meeting between them in the Brisbane International. Williams stopped Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6- while Sharapova had to rally past Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

After spraying a few errors in the early part of the match, No. 1 Williams made it a straightforward victory. The defending Brisbane champion did not lose a point on her serve in the first set. In the end Williams hit 31 winners to 17 unforced errors during the match.

The No. 3 seed Sharapova, in playing her second match since August made many errors in the opening set and also had her serve broken three times.

After being broken to open the second set, Sharapova fine tuned her game and her accuracy on her shots became lethal.. Sharapova won 12 out of the last 16 games in the match.

Williams goes into the semifinal match against Sharapova dominating the head-to-head record at 14-2, winning the last 13 matches against her. The American’s last victory over Sharapova came in the final of last year’s French Open.

Brisbane, Australia
December 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Results – Thursday, January 2, 2014
WTA Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (9) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 63 63
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 64 67(7) 61
(3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 46 63 62
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (5) Angelique Kerber (GER) 67(8) 63 61

WTA Doubles – Semifinals
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. (WC) Adamczak/Rogowska (AUS/AUS) 62 62

ATP Singles – Second Round
[Q] M Copil  (ROU) d [3] G Simon  (FRA) 75 63
L Hewitt  (AUS) d [6] F Lopez  (ESP) 75 63 [8]
J Chardy  (FRA) d N Mahut  (FRA) 75 67(4) 63
[WC] S Groth  (AUS) d *[LL] P Herbert  (FRA) 46 76(3) 76(5)

*[LL] P Herbert  (FRA) replaced [4] K Anderson (RSA) – viral infection

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals
R Federer (SUI) / N Mahut (FRA) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(3) 67(5) 11-9

ATP Doubles – First Round
[WC] M Ebden (AUS) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) d J Nieminen (FIN) / G Simon (FRA) 61 63


PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
ATP – M Cilic  (CRO) vs [2] K Nishikori  (JPN)

Not Before 2:30 pm ATP -
L Hewitt  (AUS) vs [Q] M Copil  (ROU)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – [4] J Jankovic  (SRB) vs [2] V Azarenka  (BLR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer  (SUI) vs M Matosevic  (AUS)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams  (USA) vs [3] M Sharapova  (RUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:30 am
WTA – K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs M Minella (LUX) / C Scheepers (RSA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / D Nestor (CAN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [WC] S Groth  (AUS) vs [8] J Chardy  (FRA)