2005 WIMBLEDON

SF

       VENUS WILLIAMS v MARIA SHARAPOVA

7-6, 6-1

 

 

Venus avenged her sister Serena's loss to Sharapova by ousting the 2004 Wimbledon champion from this year's tournament.

Dueling from the baseline, Williams matched Sharapova shot for shot and even grunt for grunt as both players hit with power and precision. But Williams was steadier on the pivotal points. Sharapova, broken just once in the first five rounds, lost her serve four times, and Williams saved six of the seven break points against her.

Scrambling to stay in rallies, Sharapova four times resorted to hitting one-handed backhands with her left hand. Venus looked like a completely different player from the Venus at the French Open just weeks prior to this match.  On the clay of Roland Garros, she could not keep her powerful shots in the court, but now on the grass of Wimbledon, the revitalized and determined Williams overpowered the usually dominant Sharapova, beating Maria at her own power game.

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