Ana vs Sharapova

Ana vs Sharapova

Ana is looking forward to today’s encounter with world No.3 Maria Sharapova. It will be her first ever match against the Russian.

“This is very exciting for me,” said Ana, who relishes matches against the world’s top players. “Maria is a great competitor and after winning the title [in Zurich] last week she is obviously in good form right now.

“But it’s most important the way I play and I have to be aggressive. I had some time off with my injury, but I feel good now and feel confident now that I have two wins here.”

With characteristic humility, Ana was full of praise for Agnieszka Radwanska, whom she beat 6-2, 6-2 in the second round on Thursday. “It was a very tough match even though the score didn’t say that,” Ana said.

“She’s a very good player, runs very well so you have to win all the points yourself. She’s not going to give you any points.”

Sharapova, who is currently on a 13-match winning streak (and has won 21 of her last 22 ties), had this to say about playing Ana for the first time: “I think it’ll be a matter of figuring out her game in the first few games or as early as possible. So we’ll see, but yeah, I need to figure her game out.”

It is not yet known when Eurosport's coverage of the match will begin, due to a myriad of scheduling permutations. The match is scheduled to begin sometime after 5pm Central European Time.

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