Maria Sharapova vs Ekaterina Makarova, Stuttgart R2 Preview

Porsche Tennis GP, ???️ Stuttgart R2 Preview
(wc) ?? Maria Sharapova vs ?? Ekaterina Makarova

Maria Sharapova will continue her return to the tour on Thursday with a second round clash against compatriot Ekaterina Makarova. Sharapova has a dominant record over Makarova, winning all six of their previous matches, all in straight sets. Sharapova made a solid return on Wednesday with a straight set win over Roberta Vinci, it will be interesting to see how Sharapova backs up just 24 hours later.

Ekaterina Makarova advanced to the second round in Stuttgart thanks to an impressive 6-2 6-4 over Agnieszka Radwanska. Makarova was dominant from the start to the end, clinically hitting her way through a lacklustre Radwanska. The Russian has generally not been at her best in 2017, perhaps this will be the confidence boosting victory that she requires to improve her results moving forward.

After 15 months out of action, a fired-up Maria Sharapova claimed a 7-5 6-3 win over Roberta Vinci in the opening round of the Porsche Tennis GP. Sharapova showed signs of rust in the opening set but eventually found her rhythm and she was too good for the Italian, Sharapova is a three-time former champion in Stuttgart, clearly comfortable with the conditions.

Sharapova has a prefect 6-0 record against Makarova, the last 5 matches between the pair have all resulted in straight set wins for Sharapova. The most recent match between the pair took place at the SF stage of the Australian Open in 2015, Sharapova claimed an easy 6-3 6-2 win. I think this is a good opportunity for Makarova to push Sharapova, the pressure is all on Sharapova given Maria’s dominant record and Makarova’s recent poor form. If Makarova remains consistent, she should be good enough to really push a rusty Sharapova, I suspect an upset is on the cards here.

Prediction: Ekaterina Makarova to defeat Maria Sharapova in 3 sets

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