On Wednesday, Maria will play her second round match at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati against top seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia.
Maria has played the 23-year-old twice before and the series is tied 1-1. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2018 Rome R1: Maria won 7-5 3-6 6-2
2019 Australian Open R4: Barty won 4-6 6-1 6-4
After her first round win on Monday, Maria talks about playing Barty:
“Not an easy match and really not an easy matchup for me. I think she does a lot of things well. She’s a tricky opponent.
If I had played against her best game like when I was just coming up, like a Henin or someone that sliced and diced and had a lot of variety, it was very tough for me.
But I feel like I have improved, and we had a really tough one in Australia. And ever since then she’s been on a roll. She’s been dominating. She’s one of the few players that have really dominated and has been impressive to see.
Yeah, I mean, I’m the one coming in with not a lot of match play, but I’ll have to figure it out. If not, it’s going to be too late.”
Here is Wednesday’s schedule:
Center Court – 11.00 AM local time start
Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) vs. Simona Halep (ROU)
Not before 1.00 PM local time
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) (1) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)