(4) Maria Sharapova vs Carla Suarez Navarro
Fourth seed Maria Sharapova will be seeking revenge when she comes up against Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round at the China Open on Wednesday.
Maria Sharapova has stormed through her opening two matches in Beijing in impressive fashion. The fourth seed prevailed in a tight opening set against Kaia Kanepi in the first round before eventually going on to win the match comfortably 6-4 6-1. In the second round Sharapova was too strong for last weeks surprise semi-finalist in Wuhan, Elina Svitolina. The fourth seed prevailed 6-2 6-2, a commanding victory for Maria.
Carla Suarez Navarro has overcome two potentially tricky opponents to reach the third round at the China Open. In the opening round Carla stormed past Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-4 before defeating 14th seed Flavia Pennetta in three topsy-turvy sets 6-1 3-6 6-2 in the second round. Carla has had a fairly consistent season but has somewhat struggled since defeating Maria in Montreal.
The head to head record between these two is tied at 1-1. As mentioned above, Carla shocked Maria 6-2 4-6 6-2 in Montreal just a couple of months a go. In their only other previous meeting, Maria defeated the Spaniard 7-5 6-3 at Indian Wells last year. Maria certainly has the ability to power her way past Carla, however the Spaniards defensive skills have the ability to draw errors from the Sharapova racquet. Maria is in great form this week and should avenge her loss to the Spaniard in Montréal with a commanding straight set victory.
Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Suarez Navarro in 2 sets