Maria Sharapova vs. Angelique Kerber
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 19, 2019, 10:30 AM (EDT)|
Santa Ponsa Tennis Academy
Santa Ponsa, Mallorca
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Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Mallorca Open.
Maria Sharapova is coming off a straight sets win over Viktoria Kuzmova that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Sharapova won 79 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Sharapova won 69 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her seven break points. Sharapova got 59 percent of her first serves in play and saved three of her five break points. It was a respectable performance considering we haven’t seen Sharapova since January, but she’ll have to clean up the double faults and be better with the second serve. Still, it’s nice to see Sharapova back on the court and trying to work her way back into form. Sharapova looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since the Australian Open. Sharapova has won seven of her last 10 matches on grass court.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a three sets win over Ysaline Bonaventure that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 68 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Kerber won 60 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 10 break points. Kerber got 67 percent of her first serves in play and saved four of her eight break points. Kerber has to clean up the seven double faults and the silly mistakes, but she was dominant in the third set and that’s a positive sign moving forward. As long as Kerber gets her first serve in play, she should be fine. Kerber looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since the Monterrey Open. Kerber has won her last eight matches on grass court.
These two have split the previous eight meetings, with Kerber winning the most recent match in the 2018 Australian Open. Kerber also won the only grass court match in the 2014 Wimbledon. Sharapova’s last win over Kerber came in 2013 Stuttgart. Five of the matches were decided in straight sets.
This would be a hell of a second round match if it weren’t for Sharapova playing her first match in several months. It’s unfair to expect Sharapova to be able to pull this off with so little reps under her belt. Kerber hasn’t been herself either as of late, but she’s not nearly as rusty as her opponent and usually has that second gear she can find when things aren’t going her way. Sharapova is just trying to get her feet under her.
Kerber makes the quarters.