US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R3 Preview + Prediction (wc) 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova vs (wc) 🇺🇸 Sofia Kenin
Maria Sharapova’s comeback has been one of the biggest stories of the opening week at Flushing Meadows. The 2006 Champion will continue her U.S Open campaign on Thursday night with a third round clash against American wild card Sofia Kenin. Sharapova made the biggest statement of day 1 when she eliminated the second seeded Simona Halep in an epic, 6-4 4-6 6-3 before backing up that win with a 6-7 6-4 6-1 win over Timea Babos. Sharapova will be hoping for a more straightforward night on Thursday against an unheralded opponent.
US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R2 Preview + Prediction
(wc) 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova vs 🇭🇺 Timea Babos
Maria Sharapova will be back in action on Wednesday, two days after her epic three set win over the second seeded Simona Halep. Sharapova will take on Hungary’s Timea Babos in the second round, an opponent the Russian has never faced before. Sharapova’s 6-4 4-6 6-3 win over Halep was one of the biggest wins of Sharapova’s career given the circumstances, Maria produced such as high level of tennis for someone that was competing at a Grand Slam for the first time in 19 months. It will be interesting to see how Maria rebounds against Babos on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows.
US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R1 Preview + Prediction (2) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs (wc) 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova
All eyes will be Arthur Ashe Stadium for the biggest first round clash at this year’s U.S Open as the second seeded Simona Halep takes on former champion Maria Sharapova on Monday in New York. This is an absolutely brutal draw for both players, both will relish the opportunity. The key statistic that stands out heading into this blockbuster is Maria Sharapova’s perfect 6-0 head-to-head record over the Romanian. The pair have played out some fierce contests in the past, most notably the 2014 Roland Garros final. Indeed, some of Halep’s toughest ever losses have been at the hands of Sharapova, this should be an opportunity for Simona to start to avenge those losses given Sharapova must be rusty.
#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford R2 Preview + Prediction (wc) 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova vs (7) 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko
Maria Sharapova made a successful return to competitive action on Monday at the Bank of the West Classic. Sharapova claimed a three set win over Jennifer Brady, displaying glimpses of her best tennis in a topsy-turvy performance. Sharapova will continue her Stanford campaign on Wednesday when she comes up against the 7th seeded Lesia Tsurenko in the second round. Tsurenko claimed a comfortable straight set win over Lara Arruabarrena in the opening round. Interestingly, this will be the first ever meeting between the pair.
#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford R1 Preview + Prediction (wc) 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova vs 🇺🇸 Jennifer Brady
Maria Sharapova will make her much anticipated return to competitive action on Monday evening at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. Sharapova will come up against Jennifer Brady in the opening round in the Californian desert. Sharapova created a heap of controversy in her return from suspension during the clay court swing, unfortunately for Sharapova her return was cut short as a thigh injury derailed her Roland Garros and grass swing campaigns. When Sharapova did manage to compete, she was still playing at a high enough level to suggest she will soon be competing for the biggest titles once again and looms as one of the main contenders this week in Stanford.