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  • Sharapova out to end decade of Serena dominance in Melbourne
    Sharapova out to end decade of Serena dominance in Melbourne

    Top seed Serena Williams' coach has dismissed the American's decade-long, 15-0 winning streak against Maria Sharapova as irrelevant ahead of the arch-rivals' blockbuster Australian Open final on Saturday. The final will pit the world's two best players, both in sizzling form, against one another in a dream Grand Slam decider, although the second seeded Sharapova faces questions over her staggering inability to notch a win over Williams since 2004. The Russian's overall losing record against Williams is 16-2, including a crushing straight sets win in the 2007 Australian final, and her last 15 meetings with the 18-time Grand Slam champion have ended in defeat. "Every sequence has to end, just ask Nadal," he told AFP, referring to Czech Tomas Berdych's quarter-final victory over Rafael Nadal this week to end a record-equalling 17-match losing streak against the Spanish great.

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