Maria Sharapova vs Caroline Wozniacki
|Date & Time||Friday January 18, 2019, 2:00 AM (EST)|
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Russian tennis superstar, Maria Sharapova will play the world number 3, Caroline Wozniacki, in the third round of the 2019 WTA Australian Open. Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova are two of the biggest names in tennis meaning we should get a good tennis match.
Caroline Wozniacki won her previous match in straight sets as she beat Johanna Larsson. During the win, Wozniacki served exceptionally well as she won over 75% of the points played during her serve. Caroline Wozniacki won all of her service games. In addition to that, Caroline Wozniacki also received serve well. Wozniacki won over 50% of her receiving points which resulted in her winning 4 return games. Caroline Wozniacki has an exceptional record at Melbourne Park as she won the Australian Open title last season. Considering her good form and recent record at the Australian Open, Caroline Wozniacki will be very hard to stop.
On the other side of the court, Maria Sharapova is also playing very good tennis. Sharapova enters this match after winning her second-round fixture in straight sets. It was a dominant performance by Maria Sharapova as she won 5 return games while winning all of her own service games. Maria Sharapova won the Australian Open in 2008 meaning she should be comfortable playing at Melbourne Park.
Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki have played 10 times in the past. As it currently stands, Sharapova has won 6 head-to-head matches while Wozniacki has won 4. The most recent match between these two players was in 2015 at the Madrid Masters where Maria Sharapova won in 3 sets.
This should be a close match which I am predicting Caroline Wozniacki to win. Since her suspension in 2017, Maria Sharapova has not been at the level she once was. Wozniacki, on the other hand, has been in exceptional form in the past few years. Caroline Wozniacki the reigning champion and I see her winning this match.