Osaka vs. Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is making her first appearance at the BNP Paribas Open since 2015 after a two-year absence due to doping ban. Playing in Indian Wells brings great memories to Sharapova with the Russian winning 78.72% of the matches played throughout her career on this event. Adding to this, the high bouncing surface in Indian Wells is perfect for Maria's game style. At the age of 30, Sharapova is trying to become the first woman to win more than two titles in the Californian desert.
Naomi Osaka continues to impress in 2018. In addition to her outstanding 66.67% winning record so far this season, the 20-year-old secured a place in the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time earlier this year in Melbourne Park. Known as one of the most promising young players in the game, Osaka won 62.50% of the matches played against top 20 opponents since October 2017. On the other hand, Osaka holds great memories from Indian Wells after reaching the third round last season.
Despite Osaka’s brilliant results in recent months, it’s impossible to ignore Maria’s outstanding record in Indian Wells. The bookmakers are well aware of Sharapova’s success on the Californian desert with the Russian as the favourite to win this match at 17/25 at Pinnacle while the Japanese is available at 13/10 at William. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Maria to emerge victorious from this contest.
Best Play: Maria Sharapova ML at 17/25 at Pinnacle