Wimbledon R4: (4) Maria Sharapova vs Zarina Diyas
Maria Sharapova has quietly made her way through to the fourth round. The Russian has made the most of a soft draw, clinically dismissing her first three opponents.
Maria’s soft draw continues in the fourth round, the fourth seed comes up against the unseeded Zarina Diyas, an opponent she breezed past at the Australian Open in January.
Maria Sharapova has barely raised a sweat in her opening three matches at the All England Club, Sharapova has recorded comfortable straight set victories over Johanna Konta, Richel Hogenkamp and Irina-Camelia Begu. Maria hasn’t looked like dropping a set.
Sharapova has been given the dream run into the quarter-finals, it doesn’t get much easier than the draw she has been given. Maria is too professional to let an opportunity like this slip by, Maria is now well poised to make a real challenge for the title, for the first time since 2011.
Zarina Diyas is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the second straight year. The unseeded Kazakhs route to the fourth round hasn’t been easy. Zarina has already knocked out two seeded opponents, defeating Flavia Pennetta in three tight sets in the opening round before advancing to the second week with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Andrea Petkovic on Friday.
Zarina is yet to record a big win on a big stage. The Kazakh has been humbled on the big stage a couple of time, she gets a chance at redemption on Monday when she comes up against Sharapova, the world will be watching.
In their only previous encounter, Maria Sharapova crushed Zarina Diyas 6-1 6-1 in the third round at the Australian Open earlier this year. Zarina seemed a little intimidated in that match, the rising star should be better prepared for the challenge this time around.
This isn’t a good match-up for Diyas, Sharapova is simply too powerful for the 21-year-old. Diyas hasn’t fared well against the best, Diyas was also thumped by Serena Williams earlier this year at Indian Wells. This should be a little more competitive than their last match, but it’s very hard to see Maria dropping a set. Diyas doesn’t the weapons to hurt Maria.
Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Zarina Diyas in 2 sets