Maria Sharapova vs Caroline Garcia Tennis Prediction
Sharapova owns the head-to-head against Garcia by 4-0. However, their last meeting was three years ago at 2015 Madrid, when it was the Russian who was in top 10. The dynamics have changed now and considering both players are struggling with their own issues in the recent weeks, this could be a close match.
Maria Sharapova News
Three-time Stuttgart champion Maria Sharapova has taken a wildcard entry into the tournament for the second year in a row. It was here at Stuttgart that Sharapova played her first match following the end of her 15-month doping ban.
Sharapova went on to reach the semifinals by defeating Vinci, Makarova, and Kontaveit, where she lost to Mladenovic in two hours and 38 minutes. The former world #1 is currently ranked #41 and has withdrawn from multiple tournaments due to her forearm injury.
The Russian is the most successful player at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix after tournament’s move from Filderstadt to Stuttgart. She has won this indoor clay event for three years in a row, defeating Azarenka (2012), Li Na (2013) and Ivanovic (2014) in the finals.
Caroline Garcia News
Caroline Garcia suffered yet another unexpected loss, this time at the hands of fellow Frenchwoman Alize Cornet at the third round of the Volvo Car Open. Earlier in the season, she has lost to #450 Elena Rybakina at St. Petersburg and #103 Alison Riske at Miami.
The Frenchwoman needs to find her form soon, considering the enormous amount of ranking points she has to defend for the rest of the season, week in week out, starting with Strasbourg semifinal and French Open quarterfinal in the next few weeks.
Garcia made her Stuttgart debut in 2015 when she was ranked #29 in the world. After upsetting the former French Open champion and the then world #6 Ana Ivanovic, she made it to the quarterfinal, where she lost to a less fancied opponent, #43 Brengle.
Tennis Prediction: Maria Sharapova