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2019 US Open Preview: Serena Williams And Maria Sharapova Face Off | TODAY

August 29, 2019


THIS YEAR, THERE IS HISLY TORY REDEMPTION ON THE LINE. A STORIED RIVALRY ARRIVES DAY ONE AT THE U.S. OPEN. SERENA WILLIAMS AND MARIA SHARAPOVA, FACING OFF FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AT ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM. THE TWO TENNIS STARS MET 21 TIMES BEFORE. MOST RECENTLY AT THE 2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN. SHARAPOVA VYING FOR HER FIRST WIN AGAINST WILLIAMS SINCE 2004. EIGHTH RANKED SERENA KEEPS TRYING FOR A RECORD-TYING 24th GRAND SLAM SINGLES TROPHY. IT COMES ALMOST A YEAR AFTER NA>>I DIDN’T GET COACHING. I DIDN’T GET COACHING.>>Reporter: WHEN AN UMPIRE PENALIZE SIGNALS FROM THE STANDS.>>I HAVE NEVER CHEATED IN MY LIFE.>>Reporter: U.S. TENNIS TELLING THE “NEW YORK TIMES” THAT UMPIRE WILL NOT BE IN THE CHAIR FOR ANY OF HER MATCHES THIS YEAR. 21-YEAR-OLD OSAKA RETURNING TO THIS YEAR’S OPEN AS THE NUMBER ONE SEED SAYS SHE’LL BE WATCHING TODAY’S WILLIAMS/SHARAPOVA SHOWDOWN.>>OF COURSE I’M GOING TO WATCH IT. I THINK EVERYONE IN NEW YORK IS GOING TO WATCH IT.>>Reporter: ON THE MEN’S SIDE, ALL EYES ARE ON THE BIG THREE. DEFENDING CHAMPION NOVAK DJOKOVIC AND FIVE-TIME U.S. CHAMPION ROGER FEDERER HIT THE COURT FOR THEIR FIRST ROUND MATCHES TODAY. THEIR FIRST APPEARANCES ON A GRAND SLAM COURT SINCE FACING OFF IN A RECORD-BREAKING FIVE-HOUR WIMBLEDON FINAL LAST MONTH.>>THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST I’VE FELT IN YEARS, YOU KNOW, COMING INTO THE U.S. OPEN.>>Reporter: DJOKOVIC, FEDERER, AND SPAIN’S RAFAEL NADAL HAVE WON 54 OF THE LAST 65 MAJORS. NADAL, WHO PLAYS TOMORROW, ASKED ABOUT THE TRIO’S DOMINANCE OVER THE SPORT.>>

71 Comments

  • Reply daenfamous1 August 26, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Good luck to all competitors!

  • Reply RED RIDER August 26, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Sarena is a dude

  • Reply Xavi Campoverde August 26, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I hope Sharapova wins.

  • Reply Mr.mixes piglets August 26, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Beauty and the beast

  • Reply RickK RocKStar August 26, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Steroids will mess you up.

  • Reply John Popovich August 26, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Ive alwayas said they should test Serena's testosterone levels bc shes manly

  • Reply Jive Honkey August 26, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Marshawn Lynch plays tennis??

  • Reply Jesse von Leben August 26, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    US Open has Serena listed at 155 lbs. LOL He's more like 205

  • Reply Rocky Fjord August 26, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    BGH

  • Reply L hinkle August 26, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    23 GS ..Never suspended for drug use..CHAMPION..

  • Reply Steve Mausehardt August 26, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Liked her long time ago , need to retire

  • Reply Lygo Lygo August 26, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    such a lit open

  • Reply KiTT FOXXE August 26, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Serena had an honest judge removed from her games only…
    I smell a conspiracy to cheat

  • Reply mjethier August 26, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    no one cares.

  • Reply Joey VanOstrand August 26, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Nice, sweaty, Stinky camel toes!

  • Reply Jim Cowhand August 26, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I love Russia! 🇷🇺 go Maria!

  • Reply Brilliant Brilliance August 26, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Serena will break a few rackets and probably perform a split again with the short legs I'm sure! Maria is gonna grunt like an untameble wild female animal in a raw short skirt! I'm affraid i'll end up waking up without pants on… lol

  • Reply Juan Carlos August 26, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Hopefully she doesn't rage quit

  • Reply Donnise Troy August 26, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Careful some of you gangsters behind the keyboards your racism is showing. Serena has never tested positive for any performance enhancers and
    Sharapova has so there's that. I know these days people can make up their own truth so do with that what you will. Anyways #1ToTie #2ForHistory #GreatesNoMatter #SerenaWilliams #StayMad

  • Reply paul hicks August 26, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    The drug addict can't win.

  • Reply The Architect August 26, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Maria the stiff bum and Serena the 40 year old who is always on her period.

    Give us some Federer please and forget this WTA nonsense.

  • Reply The Architect August 26, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    WTA is a joke.

  • Reply Aurangzeb Ali August 26, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    love serena … hated her as a kid .. but now ! she has worked the work !

  • Reply james richards August 26, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    serena has been allowed to use a banned drug by wada, (tues).
    she has been known to go missing or go into hiding, literally, to avoid a drugs test; let's be fair, when she gets to look like michelin man, there is something not right.
    sharapova was a 'drug cheat' once, when she was banned for using meldonium at the australian open; something wada had allowed her to use for the 10 previous years; at the end of the previous year, wada decided to ban the use of meldonium & they e-mailed sharapova with this information, but they did not ask her later if she had received it.
    this was very poor communication by wada; as we all know, e-mails do get lost & sometimes don't get read; if they had asked her if she had received the e-mail, then i'm sure she wouldn't have been so stupid in blatantly using it, when she knew she would be tested during the aussie open; it is possible that one of her team missed the e-mail, one of thousands i'm sure , that sharapova was receiving at the time – admittedly, it is her responsibility to check her e-mails, but a serious issue like informing a regular user of meldonium that it had become a banned substance needed better communication than just an e-mail; a letter or direct confrontation was the obvious way to inform her; the initial 2 year ban was way too harsh.

  • Reply ThePaul Steezo August 27, 2019 at 12:21 am

    DRUGAPOVA CHEATAPOVA TWATAPOVA

  • Reply SparXX WzZz August 27, 2019 at 12:42 am

    As much as I want Maria to win but I hate to admit it, she can't win against Serena. It's like a curse that can't be broken or a virus that can't be cured. But oh well, that's life. But I credit Maria for great sportsmanship and a positive mindset.

  • Reply Mark Wilson August 27, 2019 at 1:18 am

    They couldn't find a girl to play against Sharapova?!

  • Reply Christopher Nana Kofi Guggisberg August 27, 2019 at 1:26 am

    And she lost again miserably, now I feel so sorry for her. WTA should allow her to take her medication.

  • Reply Keonne Williams August 27, 2019 at 1:57 am

    I want Serena 💋🤗😎

  • Reply Suzette Aljanabi August 27, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Serena keep kicking arses and taking names, and all that these racist suffering from a bad case of inferior complex can do is call her names. LMAO!

  • Reply Ed killnightlinger August 27, 2019 at 2:15 am

    I can see now that tennis also lets transgender women compete. I like how they faked a baby to try and show us she is not a man. they did the same to obama. that time they faked two daughters or maybe barack gave birth to them in private.

  • Reply Boxcar Willie August 27, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Love Serena! Go, sister; Go sister! Hey sister, Go!!

  • Reply Monroe Rice III August 27, 2019 at 2:36 am

    The highlight would be to see Serena Williams face-off with all three of the top three men.

  • Reply Akash Salunkhe August 27, 2019 at 2:37 am

    https://youtu.be/J9ji2IEyBpw

  • Reply Mariusz kozak August 27, 2019 at 2:47 am

    The Sheman twins can we stop supporting Trans gender men that are playing against women

  • Reply Swulaltunaat Sne August 27, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Win or loose…Serena your the queen! Like really 23 grand slams…. that’s so amazing! Your a legend…It’s an honour to watch you! Best wishes to you all the way! 😁

  • Reply Cristian Seitz August 27, 2019 at 3:27 am

    They could market this as “ Beauty and the Beast”.

  • Reply Abe Froman August 27, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Williams is a man

  • Reply Martial Artist August 27, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Maria is hot.

  • Reply Tramaine Terrance August 27, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Hello, Humans.

  • Reply Im not a player I just smash alot August 27, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Serena beats chickenhead stinkapova again,

  • Reply Blu Rox22 Js5 August 27, 2019 at 4:45 am

    I hope Serena wins that man is awesome 😁

  • Reply Anthony Marici August 27, 2019 at 5:32 am

    They should let Maria play against a woman not an orangutan on steroids.

  • Reply bob blow August 27, 2019 at 5:43 am

    IT'S A MAN

  • Reply Chioma Okoye August 27, 2019 at 5:54 am

    It's not a face off, it's not a rivalry, not after Serena has beaten her 19/22 now 20/22. Maria is no match for Serena, never was, never will be, not even with Maria doped up. Stop downplaying Serena achievements !

  • Reply Salt on earth. August 27, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Serena Williams has a (Y) chromosome, and she is not a she, it a he. They should start testing chromosomes.

  • Reply mritachi15 August 27, 2019 at 6:55 am

    the ugly and the beautiful

  • Reply Ernesto Cruz August 27, 2019 at 6:58 am

    That's a man.

  • Reply john Quillan August 27, 2019 at 7:17 am

    That is manipulation of a great sport…This chair umpire "wont be in any of serena wllms. matches??? because why? others might NOT see or look for her gestures?????….people have spoken in code through sign language for thousands of years…And if rules state its a violation to be "coached"during a match,,,then lets get rid of the wise umpire who spotted it???…Thats how spoiled sports act..WE all witnessed her grade school temper tantrum…because she knew she was busted…dont let her or any other "pro" get away with this behaviour..They get paid alot of money to behave as one also!

  • Reply Mick Williams August 27, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Its absolutely disgusting Williams who is a man should be even playing on the womens tennis tour.Its becoming an epidemic in all sports and more so in athletics.Something needs to be done to stop this epidemic.

  • Reply Kin Nde August 27, 2019 at 9:12 am

    What rivalry? 19 straight is complete domination. Fake news

  • Reply nick worster August 27, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Serena Williams is a terrible person

  • Reply Andrey K. August 27, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Serena is an ugly hoe. Next.

  • Reply Toxic Grunt August 27, 2019 at 10:24 am

    That man was mad at that umpire. And why was he wearing a black dress???

  • Reply Райхан Ташкенбаева August 27, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Serena congrats 🔥

  • Reply Dale Gribble August 27, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Why do they constantly let a man play with women?

  • Reply 6104001088 August 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

    It's now 20-2 Serena, so when will the media stop reporting their matches as a rivalry?

  • Reply Grace Turner August 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    What Rivalry Maria has gotten spanked over and over by Serena Williams, so let's just stop and call it what is. #Dominance

  • Reply Keith Jacobson August 27, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Not. A. Rivalry. 🙄

  • Reply J C August 27, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I don't like either one.

  • Reply RA Melloh August 27, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Battle of the screeching grunters? I'll pass this matchup as usual and root for the less vocally demonstrative players to ascend.

  • Reply Ba ba August 27, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I am not even a tennis person. How did I end up on here, 😩👀?!?!

  • Reply The MEGA Couple Black Star & Silver Moon August 27, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    I still think Serena Williams is on steroids

  • Reply Captain Galaxy August 27, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Well, spoiler alert: Serena destroyed Sharapova, 6-1, 6-1. Enough said. Hype is tripe. All it does is add drama, or what's laughingly referred to as such. Serena doesn't lose matches by gettingoutplayed. She loses because of Serena. Bottom line, they're her matches to lose. My story, best of luck, Serena!!

  • Reply MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN August 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Williams…get her honey!!!!! Federer….get him honey!!🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾💙💙💙

  • Reply Motown Sailor August 27, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Is Serena a Trans? She absolutely looks like a man.

  • Reply Bits of Pulp August 27, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Rival? 20-3 isn't a rival!

    http://www.tennis.com/players/405/serena-williams/vs/462/maria-sharapova/

    Yeah, and I'm Roger Federer's "rival" because we're at 0-0 in our head to head. LOL

  • Reply 72738 Srigha August 27, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    These lowlife comments coming in like

    Do you even have a career ?

    Smh

  • Reply Jay Smith August 27, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Reading most of the comments, I sorta understand why it would only take "AGAPE LOVE" to save humanity. Grace and Love is needed.

  • Reply xjay1234 August 27, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    For white people it is a rivalry.

  • Reply easyDoesit August 28, 2019 at 3:56 am

    using that picture from the rare instance when sharapova won to start the broadcast. smh.

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