Familiar Foes (2015 Australian Open Final Four Preview)

A man and his racquet

It’s a funny thing about Grand Slams; the eventual champions always seem to be on a collision course with the storylines or opponents that have come to define them. Whether it is two first-time Australian Open semifinalists facing their number one ranked compatriots or the giant shadow cast by one legend over her perceived rival. It could be something simple as seizing an opportunity opened up by two tennis icons or finishing a battle that has taken over three years to contest.

Women’s Draw

(2) Maria Sharapova vs. (10) Ekaterina Makarova

As one of the toughest competitors on tour, Maria Sharapova certainly seems to play in her fair share of dramatic matches over the course of any tournament. The unlikely element this time is nobody expected that drama to come against an unlikely qualifier in the second round when she had to fight off two match points. However, Maria…

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