Sharapova - Halep 7-5 7-5.
The match started in a scary way and I was afraid of some humiliation. Then Simona recovered nicely and put some pressure on Sharapova.
This is the kind of match where the longer it lasts the better for the lower ranked player. Hope it gives confidence to Simona.
Poor quality match, but mostly because of Sharapova.
Simona did what she was supposed to do, keeping the ball in play as long as possible and let her opponent move. Of course, her serve doesn't allow her free points or any dictation of play. She lacks the weapons to keep up with the big hitters and the speed to fully rely on her defense.
“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.”