In the eyes of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova committed an unforgivable atrocity when defeating her in the 2004 Wimbledon final. Since that time Williams has been on a personal mission to not only defeat, but demoralize Sharapova in any tournament in which their paths cross.
In a previous post (URL below), I dubbed Serena, “The Eraser,” due to her propensity for exacting revenge on players who beat her, especially in a slam and most especially when she feels she should have won. (That would be, like, all the time!) She just has to erase the bad memory of her loss.
Today in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open being contested for the first time on blue clay, Williams again trashe…er, thrashed, um, crushed Sharapova, 6-1, 6-3. Apparently Williams still has some residual unpleasant memories lingering from 2004.
“Serena, let it go. It’s over. If there was a shred of joy left in poor Maria’s mind about her win over you eight years ago, you have successfully squelched it. Breathe now…relax, it’s okay.”
A few weeks ago, Serena purged bad memories of her 2010 US Open loss to Samantha Stosur by ambushing her, 6-1, 6-1 in the Family Circle Cup on clay in Charleston, S.C.
Unfortunately for fans, but maybe fortunately for Stosur, she lost her Madrid quater-final match to Lucie Hradecka, who has never won a WTA singles title. Had Stosur won, she may have had to meet “the eraser” again.
Something tells me that may have been a less enjoyable experience for Stosur than Serena.