Another rout for Serena Williams against Sharapova
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Serena Williams routed Maria Sharapova - again.
With a performance reminiscent of their Australian Open final, Williams beat the top-seeded Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 on Tuesday in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open.
Williams won 6-1, 6-2 in Melbourne two months ago. The match was only the third since then for Williams, seeded 13th and seeking her fourth Key Biscayne title.
When Williams hit a forehand winner on match point, she raised her index finger and shouted "No. 1" to the cheering crowd. After shaking hands with Sharapova, a jubilant Williams raised her finger again.
Sharapova beat Venus Williams in the third round Sunday but lasted only 58 minutes against the younger sister. As was the case in Melbourne, Sharapova struggled with her serve. She double-faulted eight times and won only four of 16 points on her second serve.
Williams went for a winner on most of her shots, yet still committed only 15 unforced errors. She won the final five games of the first set and the last six games of the match.
Williams reached break point for the first time by skipping a crosscourt forehand off the sideline. The ball was called out, but a replay reversed the ruling.
Williams won the next point for 3-1, then hit four service winners to hold and take control.
Sharapova began to look increasingly frustrated in the second set. When she double-faulted on consecutive points, she waved her arms, shook her head and looked at her father in the stands with a frown.
Sharapova, who lost the No. 1 ranking last week to Justine Henin, has yet to win a tournament this year. She was runner-up at Key Biscayne the past two years.
2 Grand Slam (Mixed Doubles) Titles
(1) Wimbledon ('98), (1) US Open ('98) (both w/ Max Mirnyi)