Sharapova was a solid and accomplished player, and definitely a true champion, but she didn’t move as well as Serena and couldn’t read Serena’s serve at all. There was one match at Aussie Open a few years back where Serena must’ve aced her 15 times down the T.Surprised that no one has said Serena vs Sharapova 20-2
Yes, Serena is the GOAT but Sharapova is also an all time great. Serena lost many more matches to players with comparable stats to Sharapova (+/- 2 slams):
Serena vs Venus 18-12
Serena vs Henin 8-6
Serena vs Hingis 7-6
Serena vs Capriati 10-7
Serena vs Davenport 10-4
It is especially surprising given Sharapova's success in 2004 where going into 2005 the H2H was 2-1 for Sharapova. Serena won an epic match at the AO 2005 saving MPs and it truly looked like it would be a great rivalry. After that the H2H was surprisingly easy for Serena and it soon became laughable.
My brother tried to discredit Maria when I called her one of the greatest. I said I’d rank her top 15 all-time and he was like, “But look at her record against Serena. You think Graf or Nav would get embarrassed so many times?” I don’t think the poor record alone is enough to knock Maria out of top 15 status. In 2-3 of those matches Serena was in her absolute God mode.