Anastasija Sevastova vs Maria Sharapova. Tennis Predictions
Sharapova has not been the same player since the comeback, and 48th place in the WTA rankings is not worthy of such a champion. Still, a little progress, that’s right, we can not see in Mary’s play.
Semi-final at Stuttgart in her first tournament after 15 months suspension, then “eights” at the US Open and even a winning competition in Tianjin (CHI). The 30-year-old has played the semifinal in Shenzhen (CHI) at the start of the season, losing to Siniakova (CZE), 2-6, 6-3, 3-6. It did not complicate much in the inaugural round, 6-1, 6-4 with Maria (GER), but the Russian gave up her service in both cases where Tatiana had a break. In addition, Sharapova had 22-28 winnere report / unfortunate errors, one not really terrible, which showed us a MaSha as aggressive as usual.
Sevastova is a player from Latvia, ranked 15th in the WTA. At the age of 27, he has two titles in recordings, Estoril (POR) in 2010, and Mallorca in 2017. The 2013 and 2014 seasons were a nightmare for Anastasija due to injuries, but returned in a spectacular way in the last two seasons.
In addition to the Mallorca trophy, Sevastova also reached two semifinals, Dubai and Madrid, plus a quarter-final at the US Open. He started the season with a semifinal in Brisbane, scored by Sasnovich (BLR), score 6-7, 4-6, then to lose from the first round in Sydney, 3-6, 1-6 with Cibulkova (SVK) . He had great emotions in the inaugural round, against Lepchenkova, but was finally finishing with 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Although Anastasija had 28 unpunished bugs, Varvara recorded more – 42, hence the outcome of the game.
Both athletes risked much in the first game and they had the chance to win. But if Sharapova was expecting me to have such a style, Sevastova was seeing her more tedious, more involved in long shifts. Latvian was not even at the head of the game, mostly Lepchenko dictating the rhythm of the points. H2H is 1-1, both in 2017, with Sevastova surprise the US Open after losing the first set. But this means that Anastasiya is no longer a surprise to MaSha, and the Russian will know how to deal with this dispute. I do not think he will change the tactical record too much, that is, he will still be the “aggressor,” but he certainly saw how rare Sevastova puts his first job in the field. On the second, Sharapova will have to go into the field and be more active around the net so as not to give the opponent time to regroup.
Prediction Today: Sharapova – Sevastova: Sharapova wins