Maria Sharapova vs Lesia Tsurenko, Stanford R2 Preview

#BOTWClassic, ??? Stanford R2 Preview + Prediction
(wc) ?? Maria Sharapova vs (7) ?? Lesia Tsurenko

Maria Sharapova made a successful return to competitive action on Monday at the Bank of the West Classic. Sharapova claimed a three set win over Jennifer Brady, displaying glimpses of her best tennis in a topsy-turvy performance. Sharapova will continue her Stanford campaign on Wednesday when she comes up against the 7th seeded Lesia Tsurenko in the second round. Tsurenko claimed a comfortable straight set win over Lara Arruabarrena in the opening round. Interestingly, this will be the first ever meeting between the pair.

Maria Sharapova of Russia in action during her first round match at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Sharapova made her much anticipated return to competitive action in Stanford on Monday after her original comeback to the tour was cut short in Rome because of a thigh injury. After another setback and time away from competitive action, Sharapova was unsurprisingly a little rusty at times but also showed the brilliance she is capable of. Sharapova defeated Jennifer Brady 6-1 4-6 6-0. Sharapova will be hoping for a more consistent performance on Wednesday when she takes on Lesia Tsurenko.

Tsurenko secured her spot in the second round at the Bank of the West Classic with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 win over Lara Arruabarrena. Tsurenko’s form has been typically up and down this year, she has shown that she can be dangerous on a hard court, the conditions in Stanford are probably ideal for Tsurenko.

In the first career meeting between Sharapova and Tsurenko, I expect Sharapova to be too strong. Sharapova looked very sharp at times against Brady and I expect her to produce a much more consistent performance in her second round match. Sharapova has all the weapons to dominate in this match-up, Tsurenko doesn’t have the firepower to go with Sharapova from the back of the court. Tsurenko can make this match close if Sharapova is slightly off, but a determined Sharapova is likely to roll through this one.

Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Lesia Tsurenko in 2 sets

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