Re: WWW AO R3 Epic Clash:  Maria Sharapova VS  Venus Williams
Venus will have to serve consistently well for the full match to have a chance at winning this. High percentage of first serves, and more variety on the second. Maria is better than Venus at punishing weak second serves so it will be important for Venus to protect her own service games.
Considering Venus' condition, she must avoid getting into long baseline rallies against Maria at all costs. Maria is an exceptional baseliner on plexicushion, Venus must go for her shots and suffocate Maria at the net with her far superior net game.
If Venus brings her first round form this could quite easily go to 3 and I wouldn't be surprised to see either of them take it.
Venus in 3.