Williams wants Sharapova scalp
Serena Williams has said she will have to be on top of her game to beat Maria Sharapova in Saturday's Sony Open Tennis final in Miami.
The American bulldozed her way to the Florida state showpiece by destroying Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0 6-3 in the semi-finals but now faces her biggest test so far against the recent Indian Wells winner.
"Every match is a new match," Williams said. "I love playing her. I love seeing her on the opposite side. She just always brings out a good game. I like the challenge of playing someone who has made history and who is doing so well. Maybe that's it - I really just want to play well against a great player."
Russia's world number two, Sharapova, has won 11 straight matches and 22 straight sets, but has a poor record in the head-to-heads against multiple Grand Slam winner Williams.
The number one seed leads 11-2 in previous meetings and won 10 straight matches against the same opponent, but Williams said she would not be taking Sharapova lightly.
"She's playing awesome," she said. "I definitely expect a tough match. She's a great player. What else can you expect? She hasn't lost in a long time, so I have to be ready. One thing about her is she constantly improves. I actually learn a lot from her from that. Hopefully I can do the same as her."