(4) Maria Sharapova vs (14) Carla Suarez Navarro
Maria Sharapova began her Rogers Cup campaign on Wednesday with a tough 4-6 6-3 6-1 come from behind victory over Spaniard Garbine Muguruza. Maria was a little rusty in the opening set and Garbine took full advantage of this. The world number 6 got better and better as the match went on, cruising through the third set 6-1. Carla Suarez Navarro was also made to work hard for her second round victory, overcoming big serving Czech Karolina Pliskova in three sets. Maria will be the raging favourite heading into this match, it will be interesting to see how the Spaniard deals with the Russian's power game.
In their only previous meeting, Maria defeated Carla 7-5 6-3 in Indian Wells last year. Carla often struggles against consistent hard hitters, especially on hard courts. Some recent examples of this include her 6-0 6-0 loss to Serena Williams at the U.S Open last year and a 6-0 6-2 loss to Li Na in Miami earlier this year. If Maria is on, there isn’t much Carla can do to stop her. Maria should cruise to a straight set victory.
Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets