Maria Sharapova vs Peng Shuai, Australian Open R4 Preview

(2) Maria Sharapova vs (21) Peng Shuai

Maria Sharapova's quest for a second Australian Open title continues on Sunday afternoon where she faces Peng Shuai for a spot in the Quarter-finals at Melbourne Park.

Maria Sharapova bounced back from an almighty scare in the second round to totally demolish Zarina Diyas 6-1 6-1 on Rod Laver Arena. Maria completely dictated play from the baseline, giving Zarina very few opportunities to step up and be aggressive.

 

Peng Shuai produced some excellent tennis in her 7-6 6-3 third round victory over Yaroslava Shvedova. Peng saved six set points in the opening set before eventually prevailing in a tiebreaker. Peng ultimately broke Yaroslava's resistance late in the second set to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for a third consecutive occasion.

 

Maria Sharapova has a commanding 4-1 head to head record over the Chinese number one. The two haven't play for a while, a 6-2 6-1 victory for Maria at Roland Garros in 2012 was the last meeting between the two.

Peng can be a tricky customer, however it's highly likely that she will really struggle to deal with the power of the number two seed. I think Maria will prevail quite comfortably.

Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Peng Shuai in straight sets

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