NEW YORK – Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will have their first ever clash at Flushing Meadows at the US Open next week after being drawn against each other in the first round.
It will be the 22nd career match-up between the two long-time rivals, who somehow have avoided each other at the US Open throughout their long careers.
Twelve months after losing the final to Naomi Osaka, Williams will have to hit the ground running in her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title.
But the 37-year-old American will take confidence from her dominant 19-2 head-to-head record against five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova, who is unseeded.
Williams has won the US Open six times, while Sharapova’s lone title was in 2006.