Maria Sharapova vs Johanna Konta Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Maria Sharapova vs Johanna Konta | Monday 29 June, 2015 | Centre Court | 16.00 BST
Maria Sharapova returns to the Championships at Wimbledon to face British wildcard Johanna Konta whom she has never before faced on the professional circuit.
Ranked number four in the world, Sharapova’s last pro match was at the French Open last month where she was knocked out in the fourth round by Lucie Safarova.
Sharapova has spent the last month preparing at home with tests and recovery rather than warming up at other grass tournaments.
“I was hoping I could play a warm up tournament leading up to this,” she revealed. “But due to the circumstances, the way I was feeling, actually I had to go back home and do some tests, run through all that.
“As soon as I got the green light I came here to start the training. It’s been a really good 10 days. To finally have that energy, I think that’s quite important as an athlete. But, yeah, despite not playing an event, I’ve played a few practice matches, played a practice match in Eastbourne. It’s been going well so far.”
Johanna Konta impressed at Eastbourne last week where she reached the semi-finals. As she meets the more experienced Sharapova for the first time, the young Brit will be hoping to cause an early upset in the tournament.
Konta makes her debut at Wimbledon to face one of the toughest players in women’s tennis and all eyes will be on the pair as they take to Centre Court. Konta will need to keep her cool in the high pressure situation if she’s to stand a chance at beating her Russian opponent.
Talking down the pressure of the match, Konta stated that, to her, “It is just another tournament.”
She added, “Obviously it’s Wimbledon and that’s beyond exciting but the season is much longer than just this. I am looking forward to the fact that I get to play Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon.
“I am [confident]. The sun is shining I have got two hands, two feet, I have got food in my belly.
“Presenting a calm demeanour and having the thought process I am having is in constant progress. It is not just something that I work on for my tennis career, but something that is going to be helpful and useful for me for the rest of my life. It’s a safe bet most players would get nervous before a match. I do too, but it’s more excitement and more just wanting to get going, and I feel the same. I’m very proud of my achievements, whatever they will be.”
Konta has had a lot of warm-up time on grass since the French Open, achieving the best results of her career so far beating Ekaterina Makarova and Carbine Muguruza in Eastbourne last week.
Maria Sharapova vs Johanna Konta Betting Tips
Sharapova is the clear favourite to win this match (1/9, Sky Bet) but Johanna Konta is in her best ever form and, at 11/2 to win with Betway, we think she could be worth a cheeky punt.