Fan Fuel: Sharapova no match for Serena’s power serve

Fan Fuel's Jason Menkveld looks back at Serena Williams's dominant performance over Maria Sharapova in the 2013 French Open women's final.
June 10, 2013, 11:19 AM

BY JASON MENKVELD – FAN FUEL BLOGGER

The 2013 French Open women’s final featured none other than defending champion Maria Sharapova against top rival Serena Williams. These two players are very well matched as they both count extremely powerful serves among their many weapons. However, on Saturday Williams was simply overpowering. The recurring theme was that Sharapova always had to attempt to come from behind. The end result was that the player with the best serve in the women’s game, Williams, claimed her second French Open title.

This was a typical result for Serena Williams. She started the final game with an ace, and ended up finishing with an ace. She showed great determination and used that powerful serve to eliminate any chance of a rally from Maria. Williams never really let Maria Sharapova into the game at all. However, it’s not as if Sharapova played poorly in the match. She played her game as best she could. It just goes to show how a few unlucky breaks at the net can change a game. I give full marks to both competitors, and I’m sure this isn’t the last time we’ll see this matchup in a tournament.


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Now I know there were many fans, including myself that were hoping the match wouldn’t end so quickly. Even the commentators were hoping for a longer match, and rightly so. I mean these are the two best players in the women’s game. It seems like this match should have gone at least three sets.

I know I’m going to have a lot of fans disagree with me on this next statement, but I’m not a big fan of the ace shots in tennis. I know it’s allowed and it’s effective if players are behind, but I don’t like it at all. I would much rather see players have to fight for points. I believe rally points are far more exciting to watch.

I wish Serena wouldn’t have aced the last two points. To be clear, I’m not trying to attack Serena, she has the wins to prove that her game’s effective. I just don’t like that a match can be decided on an ace. But as I stated above, it was a good match, just a little too short that’s all. I hope the women’s final will be longer in the Wimbledon tournament.

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