Over the years winning titles had become the routine for Serena Williams as had defeating Maria Sharapova.
In 2013 the American turned up to Madrid to defend her title and bid for her 50th singles title against the Russian who she hadn’t lost to since 2001!
As history shows the rivalry has been one-sided and this woman’s final followed suit.
Serena set her stall out immediately going after the serve for Sharapova having opted to receive and went up an immediate break of serve and consolidated her lead with a powerful forehand down the line!
More powerful hitting from the American really put the Russian on the back foot and after 20 minutes led 4-0.
Maria did get on the board at 1-4 but continued to be on the wrong end of a run around from Serena who just had too much power and precision as she broke the Russian for a third time in the set to take the opener 6-1.
A slight momentum shift surprisingly followed with an immediate break of serve which was consolidated for a 3-1 lead. Serena withstood some pressure to keep within one game and a loose service game from Maria and a double fault sealed the break back to love which levelled the set at 3-3.
Not long later the deal was pretty much sealed with the Russian slipping up once again and broken to love as Serena Williams sealed her 50th singles title 6-1 6-3!