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“She Has Beaten Me Before”: Serena Williams Prepares for Tough Battle Against Sloane Stephens

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“She Has Beaten Me Before”: Serena Williams Prepares for Tough Battle Against Sloane Stephens

Former World No.1 Serena Williams continued her march towards the record-equalling 24th Grand Slam as she beat Margarita Gasparyan in straight sets in the second round of the US Open 2020. And now has set up a 3rd round clash with compatriot Sloane Stephens.

 

 

 

 

 

Although Serena was always in the driving seat in her 2nd round tie, she was very exhausted towards the end of the match. Huffing and puffing in her post-match interview, Serena spoke about the prospect of facing Stephens.

Serena was impressed with the smoothness in Stephens’ game. And she is looking forward to the tough clash.

“She is such a good player. She plays so smooth and she looks like has not taken a lot of energy and then there are five winners so she has obviously won here before and she has beaten me before so she knows how to play well so yeah it is not easy I mean I am glad I had a tough match today so getting ready for that one,” Serena said.

Sloane Stephens vs Serena Williams Head to Head
Serena has played Stephens 6 times in her career and she leads the head to head 5-1. This will be their 2nd meeting in the US Open. Serena won the last match at the US Open 6-4, 6-1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last time Sloane Stephens overcame Serena Williams was back in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2013.

Stephens charges into the match in great form. She comfortably beat Olga Govortsova in the second round and not unlike Serena, she is yet to drop a set.

 

 

For over a year she has suffered lackluster performances; a deep run in the US Open could change the trajectory of Stephens’ career.

Serena has a lot of emotions associated with the US Open. She has been trying to equal Margaret Court’s Grand Slam tally of 24. Since she gave birth in 2017, Serena has reached numerous finals but has failed to cross the final hurdle.

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Maria Sharapova Makes a Priceless Donation to Rafael Nadal Academy

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Rafael Nadal is not only famous for his phenomenal gameplay but also for his noble work. The Spaniard runs a tennis academy that trains youngsters and makes future superstars.

 

 

The Academy also has a museum, called the ‘Rafa Nadal Museum’ where one can find all of Nadal’s trophies and most of his tennis valuables. Interestingly, Maria Sharapova too contributed a special gift from her side to the museum.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is also a part of the museum. She donated one of her autographed outfits that she wore during one of her matches to the museum.

“One year ago today Maria Sharapova retired from tennis! But we still remember her tennis every day at the Rafa Nadal museum,” tweeted the Rafa Nadal Academy’s official Twitter handle.

Rafael Nadal’s museum was surely trying to pay tribute to Maria Sharapova. It was exactly one year ago today when she took retirement from the sport.

Serena Williams also donated a special gift to the museum of Rafael Nadal
Apart from Rafa’s titles, the museum also has various valuables from legends like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and even Michael Jordon. In addition to these, tennis queen Serena Williams also gave a special gift to the museum recently.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams donated her red Nike shoes to the museum. They also have Serena’s autograph which surely adds more charm to them.

The academy’s official Twitter handle also thanked Williams and expressed its gratitude. It was certainly a kind gesture from Williams.

The museum is quite a fascinating place for fans as they can see a lot of tennis treasures there. They hope that even more legends contribute to the museum in the near future.

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Rafael Nadal coy over Tiger Woods help as injury ‘not under control’ at Australian Open

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Rafael Nadal has not revealed if he will seek advice from Tiger Woods on his back injury.

Rafael Nadal has refused to confirm if he has spoken to Tiger Woods regarding his back injury. Nadal is still suffering with the injury which forced him to withdraw from the ATP Cup matches against Alex de Minaur and Stefanos Tsitsipas last week. The Spaniard has made it through to the third round of the Australian Open though after beating Michael Mmoh in straight sets on Thursday.

 

 

After the win over Mmoh, Nadal was asked if he would be talking to Woods for advice on the issue.

But the 34-year-old was not giving anything away in his press conference.

 

“If I am talking to him, it’s something between him and me, and that’s it,” Nadal said.

“Sorry for that. I can’t say private conversations here.”

Nadal gave a worrying update on his condition, saying it is “not under control”.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion says he will continue to search for solutions to aid the issue.

“No, not under control, honestly,” he added. “No, I am going to keep doing the things that I can.

Nadal will face Brit Cameron Norrie in the third round on Saturday. Norrie overcame Roman Safiullin in four sets in the second round.

The South Africa-born star says he is looking forward to the challenge.

“Sweet. For someone like me, I don’t think about the draw but I saw yesterday he was next to me,” Norrie said when told he would face Nadal.

“I’ve never played him before so it will be a great match, a great experience. I can’t wait to show him what I’ve got.”

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‘When there are Federer, Nadal, Djokovic with that determination…’, says expert

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Sometimes everything can change in a few hours. What seemed like a failed and unfortunate Australian campaign for world number one Novak Djokovic, has evolved over the shifts into a veritable manifestation of technical skills and mental strength by the Serbian, capable of annihilating Medvedev in the final and to interrupt the streak of consecutive victories of the Russian that had begun at the master thousand in Paris-Bercy with a caesura worthy of an executioner.

Yes, because the one in Melbourne was a tournament which, even before confirming Nole’s tennis superiority on those fields, rewarded and sublimated the resilience of the Serb, his mentality. In the period of his tennis resurrection, the Serb – who is about a year younger than Rafael Nadal and nearly six years younger than Roger Federer – benefited from their decline in performance to gnaw his own disadvantage in terms of Big Titles.

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To understand how much, just think that from July three years ago to today, the Spaniard has won seven tournaments (3 Majors and 3 Masters 1000) and the Davis Cup, while the Swiss has raised five cups to the sky (the most important of which is the Masters 1000 in Miami 2019, the other four titles are ATP 500) and grabbed three finals.

We will see how much these three legends of our sport will still want to win: however, their greatness has long since been immeasurable and no statistics will be able to enclose and order it. Pepe Imaz recently claimed that World No.

1 Novak Djokovic has done a lot of work on his inner self over the last few years, which has helped him tremendously on the professional front as well.

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“Novak Djokovic has spent years working on himself, his interior, understanding that when one is better inside, everything he does, he does it with more harmony, and (does it) better at the end of the day,” Pepe Imaz stated.

Pepe Imaz went on to explain that the work Novak Djokovic has done has helped him over the last year in particular, which has been a difficult one for the entire world. “In this difficult year that we have all lived, Novak Djokovic has become even more aware of the importance of what is the human being, the family and prioritizing things,” Imaz said.

“I think that has helped him. The calm that you get through the result, that does not depend on you, you can have it today and not tomorrow,” he went on. “The intrinsic calm is more solid and goes within you, that is the one you have to nurture.”

During the interview, Pepe Imaz also touched upon Novak Djokovic’s quest to break the record for most Grand Slams in men’s tennis. The Serb’s Australian Open title marked his 18th Major, taking him to within two of the all-time record which is jointly held by rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“Novak Djokovic’s desire and goal at a professional and tennis level is to achieve the maximum possible Grand Slams,” Imaz said. “He has it in his sights, and he has a lot of determination. But when there are 3 people with that determination, it is not easy,” he added.

“Rafa and Novak are people with impressive mental strength. It will be nice to see what happens year after year.”

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