Sharapova and Williams would play again that year at the season-ending WTA Tour Championships, with Sharapova winning again.
From that tournament on, the hype surrounding Sharapova was that she was one of the few players who could beat Williams and challenge her greatness.
To understand the depth of the Sharapova-Williams feud, it’s important to understand that at any given moment, the game of tennis tends to revolve around a single player.
For long stretches in both men’s and women’s tennis, one player has usually become the face of the game.
The next great tennis rivalry had arrived — or so many people thought.