Maria Sharapova vs Anett Kontaveit, Stuttgart QF Preview

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(wc) ?? Maria Sharapova vs (Q) ?? Anett Kontaveit

Maria Sharapova has made an impressive return to the WTA tour in Stuttgart. The 3-time former champion has advanced to the quarter-final stage courtesy of a couple of gritty straight set victories. Sharapova comes up against Annett Kontaveit in the first quarter-final of the day in Stuttgart, Kontaveit is on a 5-game winning streak having come through the qualifying draw so she will enter this match with confidence.

Maria Sharapova has made a typically professional return to action, Sharapova has not necessarily been playing her best tennis but her competitive nature is still as sharp as ever and it looks like she will be very difficult to defeat this week at a tournament that she has had so much success. Sharapova started the event with a 7-5 6-3 win over Roberta Vinci before producing an improved performance to beat Ekaterina Makarova 7-5 6-1.

Anett Kontaveit is playing the best tennis of her career. The 21-year-old has won 9 of her last 10 matches and is into the quarter-final stage of a premier event for the first time in her career. Kontaveit won three matches in the qualifying draw before beating Ana Konjuh in straight sets. Kontaveit secured her spot in the quarter-finals thanks to her most impressive win of the week, a 2-6 7-6 6-1 win over Garbine Muguruza.

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This will be the first career meeting between Sharapova and Kontaveit. I suspect Sharapova will be too strong for her much less experienced opponent. Now that Sharapova has a couple of wins under her belt she is in a good position heading into this match. Sharapova’s serve looks more reliable and of course she is much more secure at this stage of a tournament whilst this will be the biggest match of Kontaveit’s career. Sharapova will probably win quite easily.

Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Anett Kontaveit in 2 sets

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