World no.8 Serena Williams will face Maria Sharapova in the 1st round of US Open 2019
In the 24 years long career, this is the first time when Serena Williams will face Maria Sharapova in Flushing Meadows on August 25.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have played finals of the other three Grand Slam events (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon) against each other but never played at US Open.
Before this, Serena and Sharapova have played 21 matches against each other. The 37-year-old American have won 19 matches against 5 times Grand Slam winner Sharapova.
Serena Williams has won six US Open titles in her career while Sharapova won only one in the year 2006. In 2004, Maria Sharapova beat Serena twice.
If; Serena beats Maria Sharapova and subsequent opponents, then the chances are that she will meet world no.1 Naomi Osaka again in the final, as the pair are on opposite sides of the draw.
In the year 2018, Serena lost in the final of US Open, due to some wrong decisions by chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
Since the 2016 Australian Open, both Serena and Sharapova have not played against each other. Serena Williams will look for her 24th Grand Slam title win in 2019 US Open.
On August 11, Serena Williams has played her last match in final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Maria Sharapova has battled injuries this year and was beaten by Ash Barty in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters last week.
BY ANUJ SHARMA | DKODING MEDIA