French Open Finals: Sharapova eyes end to Williams losing streak


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Maria Sharapova is desperate to end her losing streak against Serena Williams when the pair contest the French Open final on Saturday.

Defending champion Sharapova has not beaten Williams since the end-of-season WTA Tour Championships in 2004 and has lost their 12 meetings in the nine years since.

The Russian is now desperate to end her losing streak against the formidable American and is keen to retain the French Open crown.

“I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t bother me, obviously. I would love to change that around,” said Sharapova.

“Obviously whatever I did in the past hasn’t worked, so I’ll have to try to do something different and hopefully it will work. I’m proud of the way that I came through this tournament. I have given myself a chance to face the favourite.”

Sharapova was taken to three sets in her semi-final victory over Victoria Azarenka, with the world number two securing a 6-1 2-6 6-4 win in two hours and 10 minutes.

World number one Williams, who has just one French Open title to her name back in 2002, needed just 46 minutes in her last-four affair as she comfortably dispatched of 2012 runner-up Sara Errani 6-0 6-1.

Sharapova can perhaps take heart from her recent performances against Williams as she took the opening set of the Miami final in March, although Williams won their most recent meeting in Madrid 6-1 6-4 last month.

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