By Abigail Hinto
BEIJING, China – Power for power, Sorana Cirstea can match Maria Sharapova off the ground. But Sharapova has consistency in her game which Cirstea still has yet to find.
Sharapova, whose game has been off since the semis of the US Open has finally found her shots and the lines. The calmness is back too. Every time Sharapova founds herself down in her service games after Cirstea connected on a few winners, she managed to pull out good serves to turn the score around, get back what little momentum Cirstea has gotten and keep holding.
“She hits the ball really flat and hard,” Sharapova said. “I tried to, you know, play aggressive and play my game and maybe try and figure out her rhythm a little bit from the beginning, especially not playing with her before.”
Two breaks per set show how much Sharapova owned the match. Tale of the tape? It sure does tell the story. Twenty winners and 14 unforced errors for Sharapova and 11 winners a...