When I was in college, Phil Knight built a new basketball arena and one of the first events I went to there was a doubles exhibition with Nadal/Federer and Sharapova/Azarenka, who was 19 at the time. Serena was supposed to be the second woman but she was hurt. This was 2011.
On this date in 2004, Maria Sharapova won her 1st Grand Slam singles title, defeating Serena Williams, 6-1, 6-4, in the Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Final. At age 17 years & 75 days, Sharapova was the 3rd youngest women's champion in Wimbledon history.
Tennis has been a winning strategy for the highest-paid female athletes. Before Naomi Osaka arrived on the scene, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were the top-earning women of the decade
Asked the retiring Maria Sharapova about Serena and about her own thoughts on comebacks. Sharapova ruled one out and also said she had never imagined combining pro tennis and parenthood.
Serena is through to the Round of 16! Her next opponent: Maria Sharapova