Saturday, 18 October 2014

Singapore player focus: Maria Sharapova

Season highlights

Easily the dominant player on clay, Maria collected her 5th grand slam in Paris, her second in 3 years. It's a stark difference to the past when she described herself as a cow on ice. Sharapova's clay season made up for the other disappointing ones, like her struggles during the American hard court season, and her early ouster in Wimbledon. With another title in Beijing, she is peaking just at the right time for this tournament. Can she claim her second tour championships title?

Playing style

Loke Kvitova, Sharapova doesn't need to overthink her points. Her hard hitting game is a joy to watch when in full flight. Even though she's not the best mover, she has improved leaps and bounds since her 'first career'. She now has the ability to grind out points on her best surface, clay, and paired with her superior mental game, she's a force to be reckoned with. The only weakness is her iffy serve. When Sharapova loses confidence with her serve, her whole game goes down with her. 

Chances of winning Singapore: 90%

I believe Sharapova knows she has a good chance to win this tournament. With her missing the tournament last year, she has nothing to lose. With Serena under an injury cloud, she might very well end up winning the whole thing and ending the year as number 1. 

Prediction: Finals

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