Barbora Zahlavova Strycova will be facing off against the world ranked 3rd player Maria Sharapova on the 28th of september 12:30 (GMT+1) for the second round of the WTA tour in Wuhan. The Wuhan tour features many of the WTAs top players such as Ana ivanovic, Carla Suarez Navarro, Venus Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska and Victoria Azarenka. With a competition as fierce as this Maria Sharapova must prove herself early and put on many strong performances to both stay on the top of her own game and to intimidate her competitors so that she stays on top of their game aswell, because as we all know in the sport of tennis a psychological advantage can prove to be everything. This on the other hand also means that if Barbora gets off to a good start and gets into the head of Sharapova, she might be able to win the game. A much needed win for a struggling Strycova who has been putting up uneven performances throughout this season.
Barbora Strycova who favours the fast surfaces of grass and hard court is currently ranked 40th and will be coming into this game with 3 victories and 2 defeats in her last 5 games however her last victory versus a player with a good ranking was at WTA Doha in february this year where she beat the ranked 27th player Sabine Lisicki with 7-5 in the first set and 6-4 in the second.
The former world number one Maria Sharapova who favours clay over hard and grass is currently ranked 3rd in the WTA will be coming into this game with a record of 4 victories and 1 loss in her last 5 games, with the loss being in the wimbledon finals versus the power house Serena Williams.
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Even though both players have had quite a bit of time of since they last played in a professional game the viking expects that this will be an easy victory for Sharapova. The two have faced off against each other two times before and both times Sharapova came out as the victor.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova – Maria Sharapova, Sharapova wins with 0-2 @ 1.54
The vikings picks for this game:
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova – Maria Sharapova, Maria Sharapova @ 1.16
Under 19.5 games @ 1.77
Second set winner, Maria Sharapova @ 1.25
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