(5) Maria Sharapova vs Alexandra Dulgheru
After a convincing first round victory over compatriot Maria Kirilenko, fifth seed Maria Sharapova takes on Alexandra Dulgheru in the second round at Flushing Meadows.
Sharapova was given an early fright against Maria Kirilenko on Monday night; Kirilenko started the match off exceptionally well to take a 4-2 lead in the opening set. From there Maria Sharapova went on a 10 game winning streak to close out a potentially tough match 6-4 6-0.
Alexandra Dulgheru won just her 2nd Grad Slam main draw match since 2012 on Monday when she defeated Kristyna Pliskova 6-3 6-4. The Romanian has struggled with injury of late and will be a massive underdog in this match.
Sharapova has a perfect 2-0 record over the Romanian, there most recent encounter took place in Madrid last year where Maria came out on top 7-5 6-2. Dulgheru pushed Maria to a third set tiebreaker back in 2011, perhaps this will give the Romanian belief that she can compete with the Russian. However it’s hard to see Alexandra being competitive here, Maria should win in two straightforward sets.
Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Alexandra Dulgheru in straight sets