We take a look at the odds on offer for the upcoming quarter-final clash between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams at the Mutua Madrid OpenYou can watch and bet on Sharapova v Williams live for free at bet365 > live tennis
The quarter-final showdown between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams promises to be one of the most exciting matches of the year, and the fans here in Madrid will be looking forward to a thrilling battle on Friday.
Williams managed to get back at Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday, avenging her recent Sony Ericsson Open loss with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 ousting of the Dane. Wozniacki needed just over half an hour to win the first set, and had appeared to be in control of the match before Williams stepped up her game. Sharapova, meanwhile, was handed a walkover as Lucie Safarova had to withdraw due to illness.
Although Williams has openly admitted that she’s not entirely pleased with how she’s playing this week, she enters this clash as the favourite. You can currently get top odds of 8/13 at Stan James
if you back her to make it through to the semi-finals. The American has won her last six matches against Sharapova, including a 6-1, 6-3 thrashing in Stanford last season, so this could be a good offer.
Sharapova is not to be overlooked though. Her recent title success in Stuttgart, where she defied world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the final, demonstrated why the second seed could well be the player to beat here at the Magic Box. Sharapova looks very sharp right now, and the odds of 6/4 being provided by Ladbrokes
if you back her to win seem fairly generous.
Seeing as this could turn out to be a close match, it may also be worth wagering on the contest going to three sets at 11/8 with BetVictor