Maria Sharapova vs Zarina Diyas, Shenzhen Open QF Prediction

Shenzhen Open, Quarter-Final Prediction
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Maria Sharapova should face a tough test when she comes up against Zarina Diyas at the quarter-final stage in Shenzhen on Thursday. Sharapova produced a trademark comeback to advance to the final 8, coming from a set and a break down to beat Alison Riske. Sharapova is clearly not the player she once was, far more inconsistent throughout matches and seemingly more vulnerable.

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Zarina Diyas is on the rise and is fresh off a confidence boosting 3 set win over the 3rd seeded Shuai Zhang. Diyas has an aggressive, dangerous game from the baseline. If Diyas executes her game, she can rush Sharapova and can make this match very competitive. I think Diyas is good enough to push this to a third set and could even cause an upset. However, I have to stick with Sharapova as she is likely to come out on top in the tough moments.

Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Zarina Diyas in 3 sets
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