MELBOURNE, Australia —
Sharapova leads the head-to-head series 4-3 against Venus Williams, but Williams has won both of their Grand Slam meetings.
Numbers don’t mean much to Williams, who is making trip No. “Lucky 13” to Melbourne Park.
She’s still on the comeback trail after missing seven months after the 2011 U.S. Open to deal with Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Now seeded 25th, she dropped only one game in her first-round win and then went down a break early to Alize Cornet of France before winning 6-3, 6-3.
The biggest upset Wednesday was 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur’s 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 loss to China’s Zheng Jie.
Stosur led 5-2 in the third and wasted two chances to serve out the match, finally giving it away with a double fault on match point.