Pay-back time for Serena Williams at French Open

On the face of it, Sharapova, at 26, five years younger than Williams, has every reason to be worried over the outcome of Saturday's showdown. Since beating the American in the WTA Championships as a 17-year-old teenager at the end of 2004, she has lost to her 12 straight times, taking just three sets in the process. She has never beaten Williams on clay.

updated: June 08, 2013 10:12 IST
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Paris: Serena Williams will be out to end 11 years of frustration on Saturday when she takes on defending champion Maria Sharapova in a French Open final featuring the two top seeds for the first time in 18 years.

The American's first, and to date only title win at Roland Garros, came in 2002 when she defeated sister Venus in a final she says she remembers nothing about.

Since then Williams has etched her name in the history books of tennis, taking her haul of Grand Slam singles titles to 15, just three shy of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who are tied for fourth on the all-time list.

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