Melbourne: With all the talk about Serena Williams extending her streak of Grand Slam titles to three — another Serena Slam in the making — Maria Sharapova has another Williams on her mind ahead of the Australian Open: Venus.
While Serena and top-seeded and defending champion Victoria Azarenka feature in the top half of the draw, and could meet in the semifinals, No. 2 Sharapova would play Venus Williams in the third round if they each win their first two matches.
Sharapova, who holds a 4-3 match career edge over Venus, including in straight sets on clay at Rome last year, doesn't want to get too far ahead of herself here. She's had very little match practice after pulling out of the Brisbane International with a right collarbone problem.