One Number Favors Maria Sharapova In Rivalry With Serena Williams

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Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet for the 21st time in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

We get the dream matchup of the WTA Tour's two biggest stars in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. But the head-to-head numbers between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are downright nightmarish for Sharapova.

In 20 meetings, Sharapova has just two wins, most recently in 2004. We've seen two U.S. presidents and three popes since then.

In the meantime, Williams has won 17 straight over her Russian "rival" and racked up 15 of her 21 major titles. In 2015 alone, Williams topped Sharapova twice in majors without dropping a set.

So what could possibly be different this time around? Belinda Bencic, who beat Williams last summer and lost to Sharapova in the fourth round of the Australian Open, points to one thing. "Probably she's serving the best now in this moment,'' Bencic said. "Once she plays Serena, it will be ace, ace, ace, everything. It will be an interesting match.''

Serena Williams
Maria Sharapova
Serena Williams
Maria Sharapova

34

Age

28

Age

741-123

Career record

601-144

Career record

18

Career wins over Sharapova

2

Career wins over Serena

72-9

Career Australian Open record

52 -11

Career Australian Open record

3

Wins over Sharapova at Australian Open

0

Wins over Serena at Australian Open

6

Australian Open titles

1

Australian Open titles

0

Sets lost at 2016 Australian Open

1

Sets lost at 2016 Australian Open

17

Games lost at 2016 Australian Open

25

Games lost at 2016 Australian Open

25

Aces at 2016 Australian Open

52

Aces at 2016 Australian Open

69

Career titles

35

Career titles

21

Career major titles

5

Career major titles

6

Wins over Sharapova at majors

1

Wins over Serena at majors

Wimbledon 2015

Last win over Sharapova

Tour Championships 2004

Last win over Serena

$74,083,421

Career prize money

$36,484,486

Career prize money

34

Age

28

Age

741-123

Career record

601-144

Career record

18

Career wins over Sharapova

2

Career wins over Serena

72-9

Career Australian Open record

52 -11

Career Australian Open record

3

Wins over Sharapova at Australian Open

0

Wins over Serena at Australian Open

6

Australian Open titles

1

Australian Open titles

0

Sets lost at 2016 Australian Open

1

Sets lost at 2016 Australian Open

17

Games lost at 2016 Australian Open

25

Games lost at 2016 Australian Open

25

Aces at 2016 Australian Open

52

Aces at 2016 Australian Open

69

Career titles

35

Career titles

21

Career major titles

5

Career major titles

6

Wins over Sharapova at majors

1

Wins over Serena at majors

Wimbledon 2015

Last win over Sharapova

Tour Championships 2004

Last win over Serena

$74,083,421

Career prize money

$36,484,486

Career prize money

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