The first round of the 2019 Western & Southern Open will feature former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova locking horns with the local favourite Alison Riske on Monday, August 12. The match will start at 7:00 pm local time (12:00 am BST the next day) and here, you will find the Maria Sharapova v Alison Riske live streaming options with the preview.
Looking to watch (and bet) on the Maria Sharapova v Alison Riske live streaming online? Go to bet365 > Tennis > Live Streaming here*
*Geo-restrictions apply & pre-funded account needed
Maria Sharapova v Alison Riske Head to Head
Sharapova holds a 3-0 lead over Riske, last defeating the American in the 2018 WTA Shenzhen Open.
Riske, in the Form of her Life
This season, the 29-year-old American Riske has been quite impressive as she continues to achieve new personal records. With a win-loss tally of 28-16 and one singles title from the Rosmalen Championships, she has been in a remarkable form.
To add to this, what makes her a definite threat is her ability to defeat big guns. In ‘S-Hertogenbosch, she moved past Kiki Bertens in the final while in Wimbledon, she knocked out Belinda Bencic and Ashleigh Barty to reach the quarterfinal.
Apart from this, she was also the runner-up in Shenzhen and reached the second round in Toronto last week as a qualifier. These are the sole highlights of her season, considering that there have been instances where she failed to perform as per her own expectations.
Sharapova, Seeking Reprieve
It has been a season to forget for Maria Sharapova, who has been struggling with injuries and the consequent loss in form for most of the year. With just seven wins and five losses, she hasn’t been that active this year.
Sharapova has failed to move past the early rounds well since the Australian Open. Since then, she has managed to win just two matches while retiring on two other instances. In Wimbledon, she was on track to win her opener against Pauline Parmentier but retired from the match in the final set, despite being up 5-0.
Her last event was the Rogers Cup, where she fell to Anett Kontaveit in the opener in three sets.
Sharapova v Riske Predictions & Tips
On any other day, Sharapova would have started this match as the favourite to win but given her form, it will be a battle for her. Riske, by all means, has a rather comfortable fixture ahead of her and it wouldn’t be surprising if we see her sail to a win here.
Tip: Riske to win in three sets. (888Sport)