Kata has a chance of unsettling Sharapova, but she needs to mix it up a bit. She won't be able to out-hit Maria from the baseline like she may be able to do to the likes of Cho. She should hit slices, moonballs, dropshots, get to the net and get Maria in at the net as much as possible. If Maria is unsettled, the errors may start and then we would have a game on our hands
In a straight fight, Kata has little chance
Good luck Kata, do yourself proud!
The fruit series is suspended whilst Grachka (obatafan) mourns Saori's retirement.
Born : April 23rd 1978
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5' 5" (1.65m)
Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg)
Plays: Left handed
Career Prize Money: $652,031
Highest Singles Ranking: 39 (Feb 9th 04')
ITF Titles: Augusta (2005), Gifu (2005), Fukuoka (2003), Port Pirie (2001), Jakarta (1996).
Finalist (1): 2003 - Tashkent.
Semifinalist (1): 2003 - Bali.
Quarterfinalist (6): 2004 - Birmingham; 2003 - Memphis, Pattaya City; 2002 - Bali; 2001 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 2000 - Shanghai.