Sloane Stephens World (No. 17) vs. Maria Sharapova World (No.3)
Where: Center Court
Fellow American Sloane Stephens faces a Goliath of a test tonight as she will battle the Russian Maria Sharapova. Sharapova the world’s 3rd ranked player, has beaten Stephens in all 3 of the head-to-head meetings in straight sets. Tonight’s match will mark the second time in which both players have met on a hard court surface. Sharapova defeated Stephens 6-4, 6-2 in the 3rd round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida in 2012. Stephen holds a 25-16 record in 2013, including a semifinals appearance at the Australian Open and a quarterfinals appearance at Wimbledon. Sharapova holds a 37-6 record in 2013, including wins at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuggart, Germany. Sharapova was the runner up losing to Serena Williams in the finals of both French Open and the Sony Open in 2013.
Prediction: Sharapova’s new coach, Jimmy Connors has instilled some much needed toughness in Sharapova’s game. Sharapova rolls in straight sets. 6-3, 6-2.