Match start: 15:30 (GMT+1)
Having temporarily restored cooperation with her old coach Thomas Högstedt, the Russian player as if has got rid of something heavy on the shoulders and has won 3 matches in Madrid.
The knockout experienced from Kiki Bertens (6:4; 3:6; 2:6) once again has forced Maria to climb new heights and nobody doubts this fact. Besides Rome is one of her most beloved places where Sharapova likes to perform since those times when she has found the universalism allowing to perform successfully on different court surfaces.
With an exactness of serves being 69% in a game with the Belgian we haven’t seen any ace performed by the Russian tennis player. In a match against Garcia in Stuttgart there were 17 of them. The same number (17) counts for all 4 matches at the courts in Madrid.
For certain the Swedish expert has brought in Maria’s serves some balance which she was lacking earlier. The number of doubles has also significantly decreased (4.25 for a match on average).
Ashleigh Barty (18)
Clay experience of the Australian in the current season is evaluated by two starts. In Charleston she has managed to reach the 1/8 stage then the knockout from Anastasija Sevastova has happened (3:6; 4:6).
In frames of the previous Masters Tournament Ashleigh has lost in Madrid to Caroline Wozniacki (2:6; 6:4; 4:6). In that game the representative of the Green continent was not bad at serves but has failed draws of the second serve (30%).
After a three-year break Barty has renewed her career last season and has achieved 5 victories in 8 matches on clay. But this has happened thanks to her getting into a tournament quarterfinal in Strasbourg whereas she has managed to win only once time in three meetings in Rome and on Rolland Garros .
Sharapova to win 1.53
Ashleigh Barty to win 2.50
During the meetings in frames of the tournament in Madrid Maria regularly demonstrated good results. The second sets in games with Buzarnescu and Begu which were won on 6:1 each became especially indicative. We consider, that Barty isn’t strong enough to drag Sharapova in a long battle. So with probable fight at the beginning of the game, we expect handicap (-) on the Russian tennis player in the second game.