Maria Sharapova came from a set down to defeat Carla Suarez Navarro, 4-6 7-5 6-1 in the final of the 2015 Internzionali BNL d’Italia. There was plenty of drama in the first and second sets but overall, the quality wasn’t great. There was always a concern in my head that this could be a repeat of the Miami final where Suarez Navarro was wiped off the court by Serena Williams. This wasn’t to be the case as the Spaniard competed extremely well and took her chances to win the first set, 6-4. Sharapova had three break points in the third game, but kind of crumbled after she missed them. Suarez Navarro broke serve in the next game and backed it up with two love holds. Sharapova’s returns were way off in the first set.
Much like the Halep-Suarez Navarro match, Sharapova struggled to put away the Spaniard when in control of the rallies. She was picked off at the net a few times and her success rate with drop shots wasn’t as good as previous matches. The second set was messy and Sharapova was surprisingly unclutch. Twice she broke and twice she was unable to consolidate the break of serve. As Suarez Navarro served to stay in the set at *4-5, Sharapova worked up a set point but was not able to convert. As many were commenting on Twitter, Carla needed to get this done in two sets. From 5-5, Sharapova knuckled down and won the last eight points of the set to force a decider.
Suarez Navarro opened the final set with a break but after that, she had nothing left in the tank. Her box looked so dejected halfway through the set and all in need of hugs. The third set flew by as Sharapova earnt a virtual bagel to win the title. Sharapova didn’t play well for large chunks of the final, but wins like this can be very rewarding. Carla was gone in the final set, but she can be very proud of her efforts this week. In reaching the final, the Spaniard added another three top ten wins to her impressive tally of nine so far this year. Suarez Navarro will be one to watch at Roland Garros. I think she will be vulnerable in the early rounds but if she can get through the first two or three rounds, I think she will be good to go.
There are two international events in Strasbourg and Nurnberg next week with both getting underway today. I’ve put some predictions on my site but won’t be previewing matches as I need a break from previews before things go crazy with the French Open and the grass court season. If you didn’t know already, i’m going to the French Open next week!!!! I’ll be on Suzanne Lenglen court on the first Sunday and court 1 on Monday. Pleaseee stay with Moo’s Tennis Blog as i’ll be putting up lots of photos and hopefully, interesting content! As ever, thanks for all your support and comments.