Williams has dominated Sharapova on the court. (AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD)
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The United States and Russia, including its Soviet days, have one of the longest and most competitive rivalries in international sport, often fueled by the political differences.BASKETBALL The 1972 men's basketball final between the United States and the Soviet Union remains one of the most contentious games in Olympic history.After losing the first game then forfeiting the second, Fischer threatened to quit and go home but later agreed to stay and eventually won the 21-game series to end the Soviet Union's 24-year-domination of the world championships.In 2000, Marat Safin thrashed Pete Sampras to win the U.S. Open in New York, then in 2004 Russia's Maria Sharapova stunned America's Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final in what was considered at the time to be one of the biggest upsets in tennis history.On the court, Williams has dominated Sharapova, winning each of their last 12 matches, including the 2007 Australian Open final, the 2012 London Olympics final and last year's French Open final.
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