Ashleigh Barty vs. Maria Sharapova
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 14, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
Lindner Family Tennis Center
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Ashleigh Barty and Maria Sharapova meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.
Ashleigh Barty is coming off a first match exit in Toronto and has actually lost each of her last two matches. In her last performance, Barty won 58 percent of her total service points, was broken six times and had five double faults. Barty has been broken 10 times in her last six sets and has had serious issues with her second serve. However, you could also make a case that the early exit in Canada could be could for Barty, as it gave her an extended rest and a chance to charge the batteries. With constant deep runs and three titles since March, Barty has played a ton of tennis this year and a break could be helpful. Barty has lost her opening match just twice since Madrid last year. Barty has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Maria Sharapova is coming off a straight sets win over Alison Riske that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Sharapova won 62 percent of her first serve points and 51 percent of her second serve points. Sharapova won 58 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her eight break points. Sharapova got 60 percent of her first serves in play, saved four of her seven break points and hit five aces. Sharapova could still be sharper with the unforced errors and tweak her serve, but beating a top-40 player in straight sets should help her confidence. Sharapova looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since the Australian Open. Sharapova has 98 career wins over top-10 players, and four of those wins have come since last year. Sharapova has split her last six matches on hard court.
These two have split the previous two meetings, as Sharapova won Rome 2018 and Barty won 2019 Australian Open. Both matches were decided in three sets.
Sharapova hasn’t played consistent tennis this year and hasn’t won back-to-back matches since January. Sharapova is also still very inconsistent with her serve and makes silly errors in key situations. She’s still not herself yet. While Barty has tripped up the last two times we’ve seen her, there’s no denying she’s been the most dominant player on the women’s side this year and is trustworthy.
Barty makes the third round.