Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Sharapova beats Scheepers in Paris

Chanelle Scheepers
It was business as usual for Maria Sharapova who overcame stiff early opposition before strolling past Chanelle Scheepers in a 6-3 6-1 victory.  Sharapova twice went up a break in the first set but was pegged back both times by Scheepers who returned extremely well in the early stages.  However at 3-3, Sharapova broke away as Scheepers struggled with her second serve and ability to keep up with the pure power of Sharapova from the back of the court.  I fancied a potential upset but Sharapova looked sharp, fresh and in fighting form today.  

In other matches, the number 8 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues was knocked out of the tournament by home favourite, Pauline Parmentier in a 2-6 6-3 6-3 loss.  There were promising wins on the second day of action in Paris for the Americans, Christina McHale and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.  McHale beat Varvara Lepchenko in a tight two setter, 6-4 7-5 meanwhile Mattek-Sands defeated Kristina Barrois, 7-6 6-2.  Mattek-Sands appears to be gathering some steam after a lengthy lay-off from injury at the end of last year.  She will fancy her chances of causing an upset in the second round against the crafty Italian, Roberta Vinci who overcame a slow start to defeat Simona Halep, 6-4 6-4.

No comments:

Post a Comment