Australian Open 🇦🇺 R1 Preview
🇩🇪 Tatjana Maria vs 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova returns to the Australian Open in 2018 for the first time since she failed a drug test at the event in 2016. Sharapova will begin her 2018 campaign with a fairly favourable opening round draw, the Russian will take on Germany’s Tatjana Maria.
Maria Sharapova started her 2018 season with a decent showing in Shenzhen. Sharapova made it through the semi-finals with wins over Mihaela Buzarnescu, Alison Riske and Zarina Diyas before succumbing to Katerina Siniakova in 3 sets. Sharapova made it to the fourth round at the U.S Open last year in her first Grand Slam appearance back from suspension, it will be interesting see how far Sharapova can go in Melbourne. Interestingly, Sharapova is set to meet Sevastova In the second round, Sharapova’s conqueror in New York last year.
Tatjana Maria has opened her 2018 season with back-to-back opening round defeats. Maria was beaten by Lucic-Baroni in straight sets in Brisbane before being eliminated I the opening round in Hobart by Donna Vekic, also a straight sets loss. The 30-year-old has only ever won 2 main draw matches in Melbourne.