Sharapova vs Ostapenko
QF in Rome between Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko.
The Latvian has the better rank, the reason is more than obvious, everyone knows about Maria's suspension to be out of the courts. Ostapenko also has to defend her place in the ranking in Roland Garros because she won the title last season and I doubt she will do it again. I won't be suprised if they will be really close in the ranking after Ostapenko loses points and Maria earns some more after the Grand Slam.
This is their first match H2H and that will be the battle of the aggression from the baseline. How to compare 20 years old girl with 31 years old experienced player who steadily finds her rhythm? I don't think it will finish well for the Latvian. Sharapova improved her service a lot and as we know how weak is the 2nd serve of Ostapenko and what return Sharapova has, the Latvian is going to have really hard time on the court today, especially on serve. I won't be surprised at all if Sharapova wins this match with difference in straight sets, but that's just supposition by myself.. the class and experience is totally with Sharapova and I can't miss such high odds here.
Bothe of them had ups and downs on clay this season, but at least Sharapova's loses against Bertens and Garcia were in really close matches, while Ostapenko-she shocked me with her weak performance in Madrid last week and the loss in straight sets against Begu. Yesterday she made a comeback against Konta and the British couldn't use her chances to win.. Sharapova is capable of doing this job and reach the SFs for sure!
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Sharapova vs Ostapenko prediction
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