Maria Sharapova vs. Ajla Tomljanovic - 12/19/19 World Tennis Championship Women Singles Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Maria Sharapova vs. Ajla Tomljanovic

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM (Stadium Court)

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At the 2019 Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, Maria Sharapova is set to play against Ajla Tomljanovic from Australia. 

Ajla Tomljanovic has had a decent 2019 season as she reached her highest career ranking during the season. Ajla Tomljanovic made the final of the 2019 Hua Hin Championships in February but the Australian failed to any other finals during the season. Compared to 2018, Ajla Tomljanovic had a poor season since she made less big runs at tournaments and looked less likely to win her first WTA title. This is a great chance for Ajla Tomljanovic to defeat an elite player although the Australian must play her best tennis. 

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On the other side of the coin, Maria Sharapova struggled during the 2019 season as injuries hampered many tournaments. As it currently stands, Sharapova is ranked outside the top 100 but the Russian superstar is a better player and she will be hoping to return to the peak in 2020. Maria Sharapova failed to make the final of any tournament in 2019 and is a hugely disappointing fact for the Russian superstar. This is a good chance of Sharapova to get a boost into the 2020 season so she should be determined to play well. 

This will be the first time that Ajla Tomljanovic and Maria Sharapova will be playing each other in singles tennis. 

Considering the situation of the match, both Maria Sharapova and Ajla Tomljanovic should be able to play with freedom. This is a tough match to predict since neither Maria Sharapova nor Ajla Tomljanovic have been in good touch. That being said, I am going to predict Maria Sharapova to win this match. At her best, Sharapova is the stronger player and I see her playing well as she has little pressure on her shoulders. Considering the difference in skill, I see Maria Sharapova winning this match with some ease. 

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Aviijoy’s Pick Maria Sharapova

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.