NEW YORK (Reuters) – They have five grand slam titles between them, one each this year and one of them is the world No 1.
The American is everyone’s favorite and while world number one Azarenka was reluctant to admit to playing second fiddle, Sharapova was more open about the predicament facing the rest of the field.
“Of course she’s the favorite because she won those two big events back to back,” said Sharapova, who was beaten by Serena in the final of the Olympics.
“She gained a tremendous amount of confidence at Wimbledon, getting through a few tough three-set matches and then when she got to the Olympics, she just improved.”
However, neither Sharapova nor Azarenka are willing to throw in the towel just yet.
“Everybody is still in the draw here,” said Sharapova, who completed a career grand slam when she won the French Open in June. “It starts from the first round on, and that’s why everybody is here.”