Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, the world 71, and number four seed, will play the Australian qualifier, Astra Sharma, the world 137, on Thursday, March 11. The match timings will be announced soon. Get Sara Sorribes Tormo v Astra Sharma live streaming options with the latest predictions, preview, and head to head stats.
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Sara Sorribes Tormo v Astra Sharma Head to Head
The pair have never played before. This will be the first match between the 24-year old Spaniard, and the Australian, who is one year older.
Sara Sorribes Tormo, Eyeing a Semi-Final Place
Sorribes Tormo began her campaign in Mexico with a first round match against the Belgian Greetje Minnen, and came back from dropping the first set on a tie-break to win the next two.
That meant she faced another qualifier, Leonie Kung of Switzerland, the world 157, in the second round.
The first set was very scrappy, with dropped serves and unforced errors on both sides of the net. The pair swapped service breaks and again, although, in the middle of that sequence, Sorribes Tormo did hold her own serve once.
She then broke the Swiss once more, and then saved two break points against her, before finally taking the set.
Both players tightened up in the second set and serve began to dominate. However, in the fifth game, Sorribes Tormo forced a break point and converted it.
Kung served to stay in the match, but the pressure proved too much and she dropped her serve once more as the Spaniard claimed victory.
Astra Sharma an Australian Qualifier
Sharma had to come through the qualifying competition in Guadalajara first, which she did with straight set victories over Kurumi Nair of Japan, and Harriet Dart of Great Britain.
As fate would have it, she met Dart again in the first round, after the Brit was given a berth in the main draw as a lucky loser. This time it took her three sets to beat her.
That earned her a match against the Canadian teenager, Leylah Annie Fernandez, the number seven seed, and it was the Australian who pulled off the surprise win to reach the quarter-finals.
Fernandez began by dropping her opening service game, and, after saving three break points herself, Sharma was able to serve out for the rest of the set.
Sharma then had four break points against the Canadian’s serve at the start of the second set, and, although she was unable to convert of them, she did not have to wait long before she broke her once more.
Fernandez had a chance to break back the next game, could not take it, and that was the last opportunity Sharma gave her.
Sorribes Tormo v Sharma Prediction and Tip
Sorribes Tormo will start as the clear favourite to win this match, based on her world ranking and familiarity on clay.
Tip: Sorribes Tormo to win in straight sets: 5/4 (bet365)