(2) Maria Sharapova vs (3) Petra Kvitova
Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova arrived in Singapore as two of the most in form players on tour, widely expected to challenge Serena Williams for the title. However they most made disastrous starts to their Singapore campaigns on Tuesday evening. Both now find themselves in a delicate position, both needing a victory here to keep their chances of progressing to the semi-finals alive.
Maria Sharapova slumped to her second straight loss to Caroline Wozniacki on Tuesday, succumbing to the Dane 6-7 7-6 2-6 in a marathon three-hour encounter. Maria struggled to find any kind of rhythm throughout the match as continually hit loose unforced errors, struggling to hit past a determined Caroline Wozniacki. Sharapova ended the match with a humiliating 76 unforced errors including 15 double faults. The Russian’s fitness was really tested at the end of the match, Wozniacki certainly seemed to have the edge the longer the third set went on as she successfully moved Sharapova from side to side, drawing errors from the world number 2’s racquet.
Petra Kvitova was regarded by many as a legitimate chance to claim her second season finals championship in Singapore. However the Czech made a lethargic start to her Singapore campaign, slumping to a straight sets loss to Agnieszka Radwanska 2-6 3-6. Like Sharapova, Kvitova struggled to contain her aggression, hitting 42 unforced errors compared to just 9 from Radwanska. Petra also struggled at the net, winning just over 50% of points at the net.
Maria Sharapova has a commanding 6-1 head-to-head record over Petra Kvitova. Their most recent encounter was just a few weeks ago in the final of the Beijing Open. Maria claimed a topsy-turvy three set victory, prevailing 6-4 2-6 6-3. Maria tends to match up really well against Petra, however after her rather disastrous performance against Wozniacki on Tuesday evening, Kvitova is certainly a legitimate chance to claim a vital victory here. It's particularly hard to see Maria losing two matches in a row, I believe she will bounce back with a comfortable straight set win.
Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Petra Kvitova in 2 sets