Sunday, 20 May 2012

Italian Open Final - Li Na v M Sharapova

Both girls are coming into form at the right time, ready for their assaults at the French Open, where Li Na is the defending champion.

Sharapova is in really good shape at the moment. Her serve is working better than ever and her powerful groundstrokes are making her the one to beat on the clay. Li Na though will not be scared of the Russian and will love being the underdog here in Rome. She is starting to really pick up some nice form on clay and if she can get a high % of 1st serves in then she will have a chance against Sharapova. She is just as poweful.

H2H it is 6-4 to Sharapova but Li Na has won 4 of the last 5 matches, although Maria won the last tie easily 6-3 6-0 in Miami. Li Na has won the match they played on clay at last years French Open, a reversal of the 2009 French Open where Sharapova won in 3 sets.

I think this will be closer than the bookies think and hope to see a confident Li Na go for her shots and take the title in Rome.

Li Na to win @ 3.25

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