This is their first meeting.
Bencic’s opponents this week had already shown excellent form in 2016. Bondarenko has been inspired this week and both Babos and Riske have played above their average levels in the lead up to this tournament.
Sharapova cruised through her opening 2 rounds but surprisingly was taken to 3 sets by Davis in the 3rd round. She didn’t lose a game in set 3. She reached the final last year.
Sharapova came into this week with limited matches under her belt since Wimbledon. She is likely to be tested against Bencic who has a strong record against top 10 players.
The value is on Bencic. I think we have a good chance of seeing her get into a winning position but Sharapova is one of the hardest players on tour to put away. Lay Sharapova around 1.25 and lay Bencic if she does manage to get into a strong winning position.