🇫🇷 Roland Garros, R4 Prediction
🇷🇺 (28) Maria Sharapova vs. 🇺🇸 Serena Williams
This is a huge match, the first meeting between Sharapova and Williams since the Australian Open in 2016, the first match between the pair since their respective returns to the tour. Both have gone through so much in the last couple of years, these are the matches that both have worked tirelessly to return for. Who will step up and grab this opportunity?
Call me crazy, but I’m going to side with Sharapova here. Yes, Williams has won the last 18 matches between the pair but these are totally different circumstances. If ever there was a time for Sharapova to beat Williams, it is now.
Firstly, and most obviously, it is Sharapova who is better conditioned heading into this match. Sharapova is fit and battle-hardened. The same can’t be said for Williams, on both counts.
Secondly, Sharapova’s form is more impressive. Maria’s 6-1 6-2 demolition of Karolina Pliskova in the previous round was very impressive, the Russian had great results in the lead-up to the tournament and enters this match full of confidence. Conversely, Serena is certainly not at her best and clearly has a way to go to get to that point. Sharapova is as determined as anyone and she will know that this is her chance to finally beat her greatest nemesis.
The clay in Paris is the best place for Sharapova to beat Williams, the surface favour’s the Russian in this match-up. Sharapova has more time to react the power of Serena and is actually betting positioned right now to get involved in longer rallies and try to drag Serena into a baseline battle.
It’s Maria’s time.