Sunday, 11 May 2014

Madrid F: Sharapova red hot favourite for Paris

Madrid F:

Maria Sharapova def. Simona Halep 1-6 6-2 6-3

Despite having a horror start, Maria Sharapova fought her heart out to outhit Simona Halep for her 2nd straight title. Simona came out and calmly took apart Sharapova's game. Well, Maria helped Halep a lot by committing numerous errors, but Simona was not overwhelmed by the occasion at all. Maria had to dig deep and keep going for her shots in the second and third set. Credit has to be given to the Russian for not changing her gameplan despite it failing so badly in the first set. With this win, Maria is the number 1 favourite entering Paris, with Serena Williams under an injury cloud. I will not be surprised if she repeats as Roland Garros champion again this year. As for Simona, she still has to learn to cope with big hitters who are consistently hitting with pace. She's not there yet, but she will get there someday.

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