Saturday, 26 April 2014

Stuttgart, Marrakech F: Surprise ending in store?

Maria Sharapova vs. Ana Ivanovic

From her shakiness in her first match to her demolition of Errani yesterday, you can say that Maria has been playing herself to form. She was ruthless in sweeping aside the Italian, and will be poised to go a perfect 12-0 here in Stuttgart. Ana will face an uphill task trying to dethrone Maria in this mood. Still, Ana has already won 2 titles this year, and goes in with renewed confidence. The 2 tennis beauties have met 9 times, with Sharapova winning 7. I wouldn't say it's a foregone conclusion though, as Ana is showing signs of her 2008 form. Still, I believe Maria wants this more, and will achieve a rare three-peat.

Pick: Sharapova in 3 sets

Romina Oprandi vs. Maria-Teresa Torro Flor

I honestly did not expect these 2 players to emerge as the eventual finalists here. Oprandi was contemplating retirement just last year with her recurring injuries and now, she has the best chance of clinching her first ever tour title. Torro Flor's big game looks to be coming well as she absolutely demolished Muguruza in her semi-final. It will be a contest of guile and power. Romina's vast experience will put her at an advantage, as she will frustrate Maria-Teresa with her variety. The Spanish will be cound to feel the pressure for her first final. Still, you'll never know as she can have a good day and just can't miss. I still believe the Swiss can win this to get her well deserved title.

Pick: Oprandi in 2 sets

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