Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova stands to take over the number 1 spot if she defeats Serena Williams here in Madrid. The fight for number 1 is on and it makes this already mouth-watering clash more interesting. Clearly the standout players on clay for the last 2 seasons, it signals a change where players with a more defensive grinding game had an advantage on the clay courts. Both these players hit with a lot of power and they have adapted their game very well onto the red stuff. Sharapova has been undefeated on clay for a while now and she will not be pleased if she loses to Serena again. I'm sure she will be looking forward to toppling the world number 1. However, one thing's for sure, Serena owns Sharapova and will trample her and raise her game when needed. The GOAT might lose a set, but that's as far as it goes. Williams will never allow herself to lose to Sharapova and will definitely go another level when needed.
Pick: Serena Williams in 3 sets