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- - WILLIAMS 6-4 6-4 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Serena opens the game with an ace before Sharapova hits back when Williams gets her feet in a muddle on the baseline. A ninth ace leaves Serena two points from the win before a backhand winner off the shorter ball is just about hung on to by Serena as she lands it just inside the baseline. And a 10th ace, down the centre of the court, seals the title for Serena Williams.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 5-4 - Great battling play from Sharapova as she holds from deuce with a forehand winner. She would not have wanted to gone out on a service break and she has at least forced Williams to serve for the title.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 5-3 - Any hope Sharapova had of Serena getting tight the closer she got to the title has just been summarily dispelled by the American as she races through another service hold in double quick time. Sharapova will have to serve to stay in the match next.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 4-3 - Sharapova holds at her second attempt in the game when she finds a forehand winner after Williams had denied her at the first time of asking with a forehand winner of her own down the line. Sharapova is still just about in touch in this second set.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 4-2 - Another very smooth service hold from Williams as she bangs down an ace to seal the game to 15 and put all the pressure back over the net on Sharapova.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 3-2 - Some brilliantly attacking play from Sharapova as opens the game with a forehand winner across court before bringing up two game points when Serena nets a forehand. WIlliams denies her on the first with a blistering forehand return winner across court. And Sharapova squanders the second with a netted forehand half-volley. But Sharapova earns herself another chance and this time she does hold with anther forehand winner.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 3-1 - A love service game is sealed by Williams as she fires a big serve out wide before racing up the court to the shorter reply and rattle her forehand winner down the line from out wide.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 2-1 - BREAK! Fantastic movement across the court from Serena results in a winner and another break point. The pressure eventully tells on Sharapova as she overhits a forehand down the line and sends the ball long to concede her serve.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 1-1 - Serena starts with a fabulous forehand lob winner right onto the baseline, before Sharapova levels up with some huge hitting and a forehand winner down the line but Williams goes on to hold for the loss of just that one point
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 0-1 - Two double faults in the game from Maria gifts Serena two more break points. The first goes begging when Williams sends a backhand long down the line as does the second when she sends an inside-out forehand return wide across court. Sharapova also saves a third with a backhand winner down the line, and then another with a forehand winner down the line. And Sharapova goes on to hold with a cross court forehand winner.
- - WILLIAMS 6-4 - SET! A fourth ace from Serena earns her three set points. The first goes begging but Williams does seal the set at the second time of asking when Sharapova goes wide with a backhand across court.
- - WILLIAMS 5-4 - BREAK! Sharapova goes long with a cross court backhand just wide across court after Williams' backhand had sped off the court at her. It brings up two more break points for Serena and she does break for a third time with an angled cross court forehand winner. Williams will serve for the set after the change of ends.
- - WILLIAMS 4-4 - BREAK! Serena sneaks ahead from 15-15 with an ace before allowing Sharapova to level up at 30-30 when she sends a forehand wide across court. The Russian pushes Serena wide again on the next point and draws a forehand into the net to bring up break back point. And Sharapova does break back when Serena this time goes for the down the line winner off the wide ball only to put her forehand long. Back on serve.
- - WILLIAMS 4-3 - Sharapova stops the run of games against her with a hold to 15 when Williams nets a forehand off another very good first serve from the Russian.
- - G on the comments below is correct. Serena would actually become the fifth woman to have won all four of the Grand Slams at least twice each - Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Chris Evert, the woman we missed out. My apologies. I will admit to having taken our TV commentators word on that stat!
- - WILLIAMS 4-2 - Sharapova does very well to get up to the net and thump a backhand passing shot across court for a winner to deny Serena on her first game point. But the American holds to 30 to consolidate the break and that's four games in a row from the world number one now.
- - WILLIAMS 3-2 - BREAK! Serena fashions three more break points when Sharapova goes long with a forehand down the centre of the court after nearly missing the serve. The Russian saves the first and then also the second when Serena's backhand return catches the top of the tape and then sends the next backhand long. But Serena does break at the third attempt, producing a stunningly angled forehand return across court which Sharapova can only return long down the line at full stretch.
- - WILLIAMS 2-2 - Sharapova takes the first point of the game on a Serena error but the American roars back with three straight points, grabbing two game points when Sharapova nets a backhand passing shot attempt. Serena smothers her forehand for an error on the first but she does seal the game at the second attempt with a trip into the net.
- - WILLIAMS 1-2 - BREAK! Sharapova slaps down her first double fault of the day but she recovers with a 100mph second serve ace to bring up two game points. Serena denies her on the first with some huge hitting, we're starting to hear some noise from the American now, that Sharapova can only net and then also the second when Sharapova goes wide with a cross court forehand under pressure. A forehand mis-hit from Maria brings up break point and Serena does break back with a smash winner.
- - WILLIAMS 0-2 - BREAK! Wow! Sharapova absolutely belts a backhand down the line, drawing the cross court forehand error long from Serena to bring up two break points for the Russian. But she only needs the one as she hits with some depth again and Serena pulls her backhand wide across court. For all the talk of Serena being overwhelming favourite today, Sharapova has come out with a clear game plan. And so far it's working for her.
- - WILLIAMS 0-1 - Serena is quickly out to a 0-30 lead as she fires an inside-out forehand approach shot winner across court. 0-30 quickly turns into three break points as Serena leaps all over the Sharapova serve. A great second serve from Sharapova sees Serena squander the first two with return errors. Sharapova saves the third with a much better first serve but Serena gets a third fourth chance. Again Sharapova saves it with a huge serve and she holds with another big serve. Fantastic hold.
14:17 - So, the players are ready to go and it will be Maria Sharapova to get the clash underway by serving first ...
14:15 - The overwhelming favourite is obviously Serena Williams today. Do you give Maria Sharapova any chance at all? Why not come say hi on Twitter @pippawdavis.
14:12 - One last stat for you before we get underway: Serena is three and zero in her win-loss record on the clay against Sharapova, having only dropped the one set in all three of those meetingss
14:10 - Serena keeps Sharapova waiting for an absolute age before coming out for the spin of the coin.
14:05 - Serena, if she wins today, will become just the fourth woman to have won all four of the Grand Slams at least twice each. That would follow Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf.
14:03 - The players walk out on to court to applause and cheers, albeit a slightly larger cheer from Serena than for Sharapova.
13:59 - Don't forget you can watch this clash LIVE in HD on British Eurosport or, if you don't have access to a TV this afternoon, why not follow the action LIVE on the Eurosport Player.
13:50 - Friday's semi-final encapsulated Sharapova's problems as she served 12 aces but also 11 double faults, spraying the court with unforced errors and winners with equal measure. Serena in contrast fired 40 winners and allowed Italian fifth seed Errani - last year's finalist - only 16 points, making herself the hot favourite to succeed on Saturday.
13:49 - It will also be a matter of consistency for Sharapova, who has yet to find the perfect balance on the Paris clay this year. She has been experiencing a fair few wobbles in her run to the final, making 185 unforced errors in her six matches while Serena made 100.
13:48 - Serena agreed, saying: "It's a different time, a different era, just a different match. It's a brand new match."
13:47 - "No matter how good she's playing, you also have to give yourself a bit of credit for getting to that point and doing a few things right to be at that stage and giving yourself an opportunity," said Sharapova. "Whether you take it, that's another story."
13:45 - Sharapova, however, clings to the notion that the final will start at 0-0. "I'd be lying if (that record) doesn't bother me, obviously," the Russian said. "Whatever I did in the past hasn't worked, so I'll have to try to do something different. Going into a French Open final, that (record) doesn't matter. It all starts from zero."
13:43 - They have already met three times this year with Serena taking all three of them. In fact, on only one of those ocassions has Sharapova even taken a set. That was in Miami when Sharapova took the opening set before Serena bounced back to win in three. That set in Miami was the first set Sharapova had taken off Serena since Charleston in 2008.
13:42 - Sharapova has lost 12 consecutive clashes against Serena since her two solitary victories against the American in 2004 - at Wimbledon and then at the WTA Tour Championships.
13:37 - While American Serena dropped only a set en route to the final and annihilated Saran Errani 6-0 6-1 in the semi-final, four-times Grand Slam winner Sharapova survived a 6-0 drubbing in the first set of her quarter-final with Jelena Jankovic and then needed more than two hours to go through the semis, grinding past Azarenka in an error-strewn clash.
13:36 - Second seed Sharapova needs to produce an almost flawless display if she is to become the first woman to retain her Paris title since Justine Henin in 2007.
13:35 - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the women's 2013 French Open final between world number one Serena Williams and defending champion, world number two Maria Sharapova.
|Date of Birth||26/09/1981|
|Date of Birth||19/04/1987|