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Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova takes place in the French Open 2013 Women's Singles Final on Saturday with Williams looking to win her first French Open title since 2002. The match will start at about 9.15 a.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Sharapova is the defending champion after winning the French Open last year. However, she will facing a formidable opponent today in Serena Williams.
Sharapova has not beaten Williams since 2004, losing 12 consecutive matches against the American. On top of that Williams is on a 30 match winning streak and is in amazing form, and even though the French Open has been one of her least successful venues there's no doubt that she will be going all out to try and claim her first title at Roland Garros for more than a decade.
Williams thrashed last year's finalist, Sara Errani, just 46 minutes in her semi-final, showing she is in top form coming into this this final.
Meanwhile, Sharapova worked her way past Victoria Azarenka over three sets.
Speaking about her shockingly poor form against Williams, Sharapova has said, "I'd be lying if I said it doesn't bother me. I don't think that it would be a pretty competitive statement if I said it didn't. I would love to change that around."
She added, "Obviously whatever I did in the past hasn't worked, so I'll have to try to do something different and hopefully it will."
Over the past 11 matches between these two, Sharapova has won just one set. In their meeting last month she lost in straight sets to Williams in Madrid on clay.
Sharapova has said ahead of the match: "I don't feel like I have taken my chances and opportunities [against Williams]. When she is up all the time, whether it's a break or if she feels like she's constantly getting second serves or is able to rip every ball because there's nothing on your ball - she does extremely well when she's in that position. Why shouldn't she?"
She added, "Against a player like her, the few chances that you have can change that around, because they put a little bit more in their mind than if they're just steamrolling."
Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova in the French Open 2013 Women's final can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.