Former world number 1, Maria Sharapova has made it into the second round of the 2019 WTA Australian Open. The Russian superstar is set to face Rebecca Peterson from Sweden.
Rebecca Peterson won her opening round match in straight sets. During the win, Peterson served exceptionally well as she had a first serve percentage of 81% which resulted in her winning all her service games. In addition to that, Rebecca Peterson also received serve exceptionally well as she won 3 return games. Rebecca Peterson has never made it this far in the Australian Open in the past. This lack of experience might hamper Peterson as she is playing against a very accomplished opponent.
On the other side of the coin, Maria Sharapova also won her opening match in straight sets. It was a dominant performance by Sharapova as she didn’t lose a single game in the entire match. While the result was expected, it was impressive to see the dominance displayed by Sharapova as she won 12 successive games to ease into the second round. Maria Sharapova is a hugely experienced player and she has a great record at Melbourne Park as she won the Australian Open in 2008. With such form and experience on her side, Maria Sharapova will enter this match as the favourite.
This is set to be the first time that Maria Sharapova and Rebecca Peterson will be playing against each other at a WTA event.
Both Rebecca Peterson and Maria Sharapova had strong opening round wins. That being said, I see Sharapova winning this match since she far more experienced. Peterson has never made it past the 3rd round at a grand slam event while Sharapova has won multiple grand slam title. With that in mind, I see Maria Sharapova winning this match and making the third round of the Australian Open.