In a recent interview with Dan Schulman on his “Never Stand Still” podcast, Maria Sharapova admits that Serena Williams was by far her toughest opponent and states that the 40-year-old American still has fuel left in her tank.
Serena was definitely the toughest competitor, the most challenging and the most consistent at her level.
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Serena Williams of the United States & Maria Sharapova of Russia at the net after their first-round match at the 2019 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament
Williams and Sharapova faced each other 22 times and the Russian won just twice, way back in 2004. Their last meeting was in the first round of the 2019 US Open, when Williams needed just 59 minutes to win 6-1 6-1.
In the interview, Sharapova mentioned that they recently saw each other at the Met Gala in New York. They were discussing how old they were and Serena said: “Oh, goodness, we are up there.” To which Sharapova replied: “Whoa, you still got it, girl!”