Sharapova Back To No. 2, Plays Surprising Suarez Navarro In Rome Final
by Sean Randall | May 16th, 2015, 5:03 pm
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Maria Sharapova will be the overwhelming favorite to win her third title in Rome tomorrow against the hot-handed Carla Suarez Navarro who upset Simona Halep in her semifinal.

In her match, Sharapova had a struggle in the first set then gained control taking out Cinderella qualifier Daria Gavrilova 7-5, 6-3. The young Gavrilova who stunned Maria in Miami and was playing in her first WTA semifinal, once again had her on the defense early on, but experience won out.

The win moves Sharapova to No. 2 in the world on Monday and assures her of being on the opposite side of Serena Williams at the French Open.

Earlier, Suarez Navarro, who made the Miami final, continued her fine form bouncing out Halep in an error-filled 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory. The two equally shared 18 breaks of serve and Halep lost it on her 60th unforced error.

“We were breaking serve all the time, but it’s because we were both returning very well,” said Suarez Navarro after her first career Top 2 win (was 0-9). “I think we were just playing really good tennis today, at a very good level. It was tough for me, it was tough for Simona – but I’m really happy with the way I finished the match today.

“I’ve been practicing really hard during the whole season, and I’m playing with a lot of confidence right now. I’m playing more aggressively, which is important when you’re playing the top players.”

Sharapova leads CSN 3-1 including two since the Spaniard beat her last summer in Canada. But they’ve never played on the clay.

“She loves this surface,” Sharapova said. “She grew up on clay. I’ve beaten her the last couple of times, but I’ve had losses against her too… I know what a difficult player she can be, and she seems like she’s playing with a lot of confidence right now, especially after her win in the semifinals today.

“She has one of the best one-handed backhands on the tour. It’s going to be a tough final.”

Sharapova has won 20 of her last 21 matches in Rome. She is seeking her first title since Brisbane.

“I feel better on clay so we will see what happen,” Suarez Navarro said.. “Maria is very good mentally, she’s really strong, she plays aggressive in the important moments. Maria can focus on her game and also serve really good in important moments.”


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40 Comments for Sharapova Back To No. 2, Plays Surprising Suarez Navarro In Rome Final

Margot Says:

Wheee! First break to Cara! Maria not liking the wind.


jalep Says:

Vamos. Carla!


jalep Says:

Carla with set points but unable to make it. Now she will attempt to have to serve it out…


Margot Says:

And now Cara takes the first set! Yay!
Hi there jalep. Thought u were working?


jalep Says:

Yay!! Carla gets the 1st set !


jalep Says:

Hi Margot. That was Friday and Saturday. Have today off :D


Margot Says:

Excellent, darling!
Just us here, I suppose…;) Thought we had at least two more in our wee club?


jalep Says:

Actually Thurs.-Sat.

Anyways, hoping wind will keep interfering…here.

Carla had another break point but Maria saved it and gets the game.


jalep Says:

Yeah…where are those brave and few exclusive tennis-x Wta club members? :D

I have some great Peets. French roast coffee on.


Margot Says:

“Peets?”


jalep Says:

Ya Peets coffee beans, fresh ground is a favorite amongst the rainy Pacific Northwest connoisseurs. Beats Starbucks to pieces.

Oh shoot. Thought Carla would get another break there. 4-3 Maria


Margot Says:

^ Lol!
Oooh topsy turvy match. Think Carla must do it in 2. If it goes to 3, she’ll be cream crackered.


jalep Says:

Maria is fearless-saved 3 bp’s but CSN. gets the break…he he…keeps Maria from taking the set!


Margot Says:

Ooh can we cope if there’s a tie?
Just hold Cara.
Lol this is what Andy fans say all the time, “Just..”


jalep Says:

Lol, to expression “cream crackered” And agree, Margot.

CSN. holds serve. Great tennis except for hearing Maria scream for 2 hours.

It will soon be over though if Carla can’t hold.


Margot Says:

Dash it! All over now :(


jalep Says:

Over. Not quite. Maria breaks and it’s too nad. 3rd set is on.


jalep Says:

Carla got the pep talk from coach. All I understood was look for the opening and don’t give up.


Margot Says:

Carla not done yet, breaks Maria. Come on!


jalep Says:

Margot, though I do appreciate how great a tennis game Maria has, I just can only think, please have this be done, after going on 3 hours of listening to her.


Wog Boy Says:

jalep, do you wan to know who the leader of the race:)


Margot Says:

3-1 to Maria :(
jalep, I admire Maria, I don’t like her.
Daria, yesterday, didn’t screech either :)


jalep Says:

Wog Boy…of course I do…hahaha. ..shhhh


Lapinroyal Says:

Good fight from CSN… Congrats to Maria! Will she be able to beat Serena?


jalep Says:

No Wog Boy I mean don’t tell me! Will be watching after Nole!


Wog Boy Says:

Ok, I’ll won’t tell you, there is another 20km to go and he is losing advantage slowly but surely, he is down on 17sec, and his name is…never mind;)


jalep Says:

Yes congrats to Maria. A proper fight and good result for Carla.

Lapinroyal Serena can take her out if they both get that far, I think.


Margot Says:

Expected that shame! But congrats to Maria.
See you at RG jalep. Thanks for your company :)
Go Carla, Go Daria, Go Angelique, Go Caroline, Go Simona. :) :) :) :) :)


Wog Boy Says:

BTW, is it windy in Rome?


Lapinroyal Says:

Maria is Serena punching bag, the mad Serena is still seeking revenge for the Wimbledon defeat… Be scare Maria! Respect them but I root for Simona and Petra (Genie of course as a Canadian… Poor thing, she is the C version of Rafa2015)


Giles Says:

Wind speed 25 mph!


jalep Says:

Name better be Fabio Aru. I’ll be cheesed. off. if it’s a sky rider even though I liked Richie. Porte. before he went to sky. Sky reminds me of USPS. back in the day. Anyone from Movistar would be great though, Wog.Boy. Cheers will tune in now.


Lapinroyal Says:

@Jalep
If Maria don’t hit more angle or harder, she will not get a chance against Serena… Just hope that tennis got will put Razzano, Giorgi, Kutnetsova, Kerber, C-Woz, Petra on her road before the final, then Maria will have a chance!


Margot Says:

@Wob Boy
Yes, windy.
Oh how could I forget Petra!


Margot Says:

Sorry typo! WoG boy of course :)


jalep Says:

Margot said it was windy but I couldn’t tell, WB.

See ya at RG, Margot. Always a pleasure!

We agree on favorites, Lapinroyal!


Lapinroyal Says:

Tennis God… Typo too…


Lapinroyal Says:

NO?.. She didn’t! Maria drop the top of her trophy… Rome end with La Traviata… No sleezy pop music or other things… :-)


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks girls, jalep race is finished, I let you watch after Nole match.


jalep Says:

Wog Boy. I love the faithful war horse, Paolo Tirolongo. Great stage win! Exciting race.

Lapinroyal

La Traviata. over sleezy. pop music anyday! :D

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