AO Press Release, August 1, 2018
The rivalry between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova has been fiercely intense, no more so than in Australian Open 2005 semi-final.
Williams ended up just scrapping through in the gripping semi-final, winning 2-6 7-5 8-6, saving three match points in what was an incredible battle between the pair.
“It definitely lived up to everyone’s expectations and it was a lot of fun. I am really happy to get through,” said a delighted Williams following the match.
“I am so excited to be in another final, it has been such a tough 12 months for me. I want to thank everyone for supporting me.”
In total Williams and Sharapova have played 20 times, with Williams winning 18 of those matches.
This match and many more classic matches from the Australian Open can be seen on the.
The Australian Open is showcasing the classic matches, leading into the 2019tournament that kicks off next January.