Maria Sharapova vs Timea Babos, U.S Open R2 Preview

US Open, ????? R2 Preview + Prediction
(wc) ?? Maria Sharapova vs ?? Timea Babos

Maria Sharapova will be back in action on Wednesday, two days after her epic three set win over the second seeded Simona Halep. Sharapova will take on Hungary’s Timea Babos in the second round, an opponent the Russian has never faced before. Sharapova’s 6-4 4-6 6-3 win over Halep was one of the biggest wins of Sharapova’s career given the circumstances, Maria produced such as high level of tennis for someone that was competing at a Grand Slam for the first time in 19 months. It will be interesting to see how Maria rebounds against Babos on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows.

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Sharapova’s win over Halep was a first round match that resembled a final. It was an intense, roller coaster battle that lasted almost three hours. Sharapova squandered a big lead in the second set before Halep forced a decider. At that moment, it seemed the fresher, more match hardened Halep would run away with the match but Sharapova rebounded strong and made no mistake closing out the match in the third, a typically gutsy. Timea Babos also earned a hard fought win to advance to the second round in New York. Babos defeated Viktorija Golubic 7-5 5-7 7-5.

It will not be easy for Sharapova to quickly bounce back from such a big match. However, Sharapova is the ultimate professional and she will know exactly what she needs to do to prepare for this one. This is a match-up that Sharapova should enjoy. Babos hits hard and like to dictate but Sharapova will not allow her to do so. Sharapova is stronger in every department, especially mentally as Babos is notoriously fragile. Sharapova returned very well against Halep and will not pressure on Timea’s biggest weapon, her serve. Expect Maria to win this one quite comfortably.

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Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Timea Babos in 2 sets

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