Maria Sharapova the Russian veteran tennis player, has made a good start in the Italy Open. Sharapova defeated Australian Ashleigh Barty in the first round and entered the next round. Sharapova is participating in the tournament for the 10th time. She had won the Italian Open 3 times already.
Sharapova beat World No. 6 Barty 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 ina long game of two hours and 32 minutes. World number-40 Sharapova will clash with Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulková in the next round. Dominika Cibulková beat Italy’s Française in the first round.
It is notable that Sharapova has made a comeback after being trapped in doping, but she is now going through a poor form. So far she couldn’t find her old rhythm in any game.
Sharapova’s Italian Open titles:
|Italian Open||Samantha Stosur||2011|
|Italian Open||Li Na||2012|
|Italian Open||Carla Suárez Navarro||2015|
World No. 2 and King of Clay Rafael Nadal have won his second round. In the round of 36, Nadal beat Damir Dzumhur in straight set 6-1, 6-0. Hence He won the match quite comfortably.
Earlier, the Spanish Tennis sensation slipped into World No. 2 position in ATP rankings after losing the match against D. Thiem of Austria in quarterfinals of Madrid Open.
World No. 7 K. Anderson of South Africa get retired hurt against A. Bedene in the round of 32.
World No. 8 Dominic Theim, who beat Rafale Nadal in Madrid Open’s quarterfinals, was beaten by World No. 21 F. Fognini in a long battle. Fognini beat Thiem 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.