Maria Sharapova vs. Nadia Petrova 2009 Bank of West Classic Odds: As many are taking notice, Maria Sharapova’s return from shoulder surgery has caused her game to become a work in progress. As the young Russian walked onto the court in her lime green outfit at the 2009 Bank of West Classic Odds at Stanford tournament for the first time, she received a very welcoming ovation.
Sharapova played and won her first round at the Bank of West Classic at Stanford on Monday against Ai Sugiyama, but the win did not come without a struggle. Although Sharapova defeated the veteran Sugiyama 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, the 22 year-old felt her performance was not her best.
"Overall, I thought I played pretty solid," Sharapova said. "Obviously, I'm a little bit disappointed that I couldn't close out it out in two. But I think it only makes you stronger when you do end up losing that second set and you have to go back out in the third and keep your concentration and try to win that match."
Although Sharapova is eager to get back to her old self again, many feel like it will take her some time to do so. She has been having trouble finding her rhythm and taking control at crucial moments. But on Monday night there were small glimpses of the former No. 1 world ranked player who has three Grand Slam titles.
Next up for Sharapova is fellow fifth seeded Russian Nadia Petrova. According to the best tennis sports betting odds makers at Bodog.com, Maria Sharapova [-180 ML] will be a slight favorite against her compatriot, Nadia Petrova [+140 ML]. However, before you do make your 2009 Bank of West Classic Odds Picks, get the latest sports betting odds for your free sports picks from the best online 2009 Bank of West Classic Odds sportsbooks.
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