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The amazing coach who taught both Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams reveals who was better stars among the two

MARIA SHARAPOVA had a better maturity and mindset than Serena Williams by the age of just 11, claims former coach Rick Macci.


Macci, 68, worked with both stars during their early years on tour.Maria Sharapova defeated Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon finalMaria Sharapova defeated Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon finalCredit: EPAWilliams routinely dominated her head-to-head with Sharapova, winning 20 of her 22 meetings with the Russian.

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Sharapova won two of their first three clashes, including in the 2004 Wimbledon final aged just 17.Williams, 41, then went on to win their next 19 meetings in the one-sided rivalry, prior to Sharapova’s retirement in February 2020.Despite Serena’s incredible dominance, Macci rated Sharapova’s “mindset” more highly.

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“Better than Serena Venus and Jennifer (Capriati). God given uncanny ability to be in a quiet bubble and the mindset to forget and lock in lock you out and keep the keys.”Sharapova enjoyed enormous success, winning five Grand Slams, the Fed Cup and the WTA Finals.She also earned an Olympic silver medal at London 2012, although she was humiliated 6-0, 6-1 in the gold medal match by Williams.


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