Mutua Madrid Open, R3 Prediction
?? Maria Sharapova vs. ?? Kristina Mladenovic
This is going to be a high intensity battle between two players that do not like each other. It was Mladenovic who edged Sharapova in Stuttgart last year in a fierce battle between two competitors that play with their hears on their sleeves. On this occasion, I think Sharapova has what it takes to get the win.
Sharapova has looked good in her first couple of matches this week. Importantly Sharapova is serving well and returning well, her intensity has been up and she is hitting with good depth from the baseline. Mladenovic is still a mystery at the moment and has some gaping holes in her game which Sharapova can exploit. I know what Sharapova will bring to this match but have no idea what kind of level Mladenovic will bring. Regardless, I think Sharapova will be too strong, she will not make the same mistake she did when the pair last met.