Sunday is the day on which the real business starts for the players that still remain in the French Open, so we’re naturally going to have a bet on the proceedings. The world’s number eight, Maria Sharapova, will face the world’s number eighteen, Samantha Stosur – and we believe that she’s going to beat the Australian in a straightforward manner.

Match: Maria Sharapova vs Samantha Stosur

Maria Sharapova

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Selection: Maria Sharapova (-4.5 games)

Best Odds: 1.81 @ Pinnacle

Although we’re extremely happy to see Samantha Stosur playing well once again, Maria Sharapova has always been her nightmare match-up and there’s nothing that’d suggest that things are going to be any different this time around. The Russian leads the H2H record between the two by thirteen wins to two – and that incredible stat will surely be in the back of Stosur’s mind during this match. She’s having a good tournament, but so is Sharapova, who crushed Paula Ormaechea without dropping any games in the previous round. The Russian is clearly among the main favorites for the title, but it’s not getting to her just yet and we doubt that the pressure’s going to get to her in a match-up that she’s always enjoyed.

The world’s number eight defeated Stosur quite easily a few weeks ago in Madrid and we believe that she’ll be able to repeat that performance in Paris on Sunday, so we’ll be backing her to cover the handicap line. It might look rather high given that this is going to be a match between two very good players, but Sharapova should simply be too strong for the Australian yet again. The rankings won’t come into play at all, while the obvious match-up issues will surface at some point, hopefully allowing the Russian to win the match very quickly.