Sorana Cirstea vs. Maria Sharapova
|Date & Time||Thursday August 30, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
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Maria Sharapova and Sorana Cirstea meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis US Open.
Maria Sharapova is coming off a straight sets win over Patty Schnyder that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Sharapova won 68 percent of her first serve points and 39 percent of her second serve points. Sharapova won a match in straight sets despite getting nothing on her second serve and producing 46 unforced errors. Sharapova obviously has to clean up her game in order to advance much further, but this is a player who lost four of her last seven matches entering this tournament, so she’ll take a win however it comes. Sharapova hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the 12th time in her last 13 appearances. Sharapova hasn’t lost before the third round of the US Open since 2003, her first ever appearance. Sharapova has won three of her last four matches on hard court.
Sorana Cirstea is coming off a three sets win over Alison Riske that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Cirstea won 79 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Cirstea won 67 percent of her total service points and saved three of her five break points. Cirstea has to be happy with her serving performance, but I question her conditioning, as she just played two hours in the heat and is playing doubles as well with her partner Sara Sorribes Tormo. In this New York heat, staying fresh is key, and right now Cirstea is a busy player who may be stretching herself thin. Cirstea hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the third time since 2015. Cirstea has made the third round of the US Open (2009) just once in her career. Cirstea has won three of her last five matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2012 Beijing Open, a match Sharapova won in straight sets. The match took 16 games to be decided.
Sharapova is far from her normal self, as the unforced error numbers have been getting ridiculous and you can see the frustration on her face. Sharapova losing to anybody at this point wouldn’t be shocking. However, there’s a huge experience gap between these two players and Cirstea has little to no grand slam success throughout her career.
It may not be pretty, but this is a match Sharapova should win.