French Open 2017 Predictions
Full draw predictions here
Daily Prediction Results: 85/126 (67%)
Halep d. Ostapenko in three – Preview
Bacsinszky d. Ostapenko in three – Preview
Halep d. Pliskova in two – Preview
Wozniacki d. Ostapenko in three – Preview
Bacsinszky d. Mladenovic in three – Preview
Halep d. Svitolina in three – Preview
Pliskova d. Garcia in three – Garcia played a brilliant match against Cornet but I feel Pliskova will raise her level in this match.
Round 4 (3/8)
Stosur d. Ostapenko in three – Both can throw in an erratic performance at times. Ostapenko has been so good this fortnight, but Stosur’s experience on clay should shine through.
Kuznetsova d. Wozniacki in two – Kuznetsova’s past matches performance won’t do it against Wozniacki who is always getting balls back, but I feel after three tough matches she should be able to get her mojo running.
Muguruza d. Mladenovic in three – Preview
Williams d. Bacsinszky in three – Both have done well throughout their rounds without dropping a set, feeling that Williams power could trouble the Swiss at times.
Svitolina d. Martic in two – Svitolina has not met a Top 40 opponent enroute to this stage and it seems like it’ll be routine for the Ukranian. Haven’t seen Martic play yet so I’ll want to watch a little of this match.
Halep d. Suarez Navarro in three – Tough for Halep, she leads this HTH 6-5 but on clay Suarez Navarro leads 4-0! She has been very good under pressure and the ankle has been holding up very well, I’ll go for Halep to find a way to notch her first win against her on clay.
Cornet d. Garcia in three – Between two French players, I don’t know who the crowd will cheer on after that Fed Cup saga which resulted in the two of them not being friends anymore! Feel Cornet has the edge in this one with her variety.
Pliskova d. Cepede Royg in two – Pliskova has had an even smoother route than Svitolina – she hasn’t met a Top 60 player all week long! Should be a straight sets win but Cepede Royg has defied the odds this week so you never know!
Round 3 – Bottom Half (6/8)
Svitolina d. Linette in two – Linette has done well this week to make the third round but Svitolina’s consistency should be too much for her.
Sevastova d. Martic in two – Sevastova’s variety should be too difficult to handle for Martic.
Suarez Navarro d. Vesnina in two – I have gone against Vesnina all week but she has battle her way through the first two rounds with two three-set wins over Haddad Maia and Lepchenko. Suarez Navarro has been cruising so far and she leads the head to head, 3-0. On clay it should remain the same.
Halep d. Kasatkina in two – Preview
Garcia d. Hsieh in two – Shocking to see Hsieh in the third round of a Grand Slam, especially the French Open, as the Taiwanese has barely put a foot right on the surface! Beating Jo Konta and Taylor Townsend enroute to the third round, she’ll have a much tougher test in Garcia who has not been realy pressured with two straight-set wins so far. You never know with Garcia but I’m going with her in straights!
Radwanska d. Cornet in three – Preview
Cepede Royg d. Duque-Marino in three – One of these two players will make the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in their careers, a complete toss up for me!
Pliskova d. Witthoeft in two – Witthoeft has done well this week but Pliskova’s power should be too much to handle.
Round 3 – Top Half (8/8)
Ostapenko d. Tsurenko in three – Tsurenko’s win against Makarova was the first time that she won back-to-back matches since her triumph in Acapulco, while Ostapenko’s game is slowly starting to be translated to the Grand Slams, reaching back-to-back third round appearances in the Australian Open and now the French. The Latvian can be patchy at times but she should be able to control things in this match.
Stosur d. Mattek-Sands in three – Dangerous match-up for Stosur, her passing game has to be on fleek against the net-loving Mattek-Sands who creeped up to the net countless times in her win against Kvitova. Mattek-Sands has already won five matches this week and I feel she’ll be able to take a set off but not enough to win the match.
Wozniacki d. Bellis in three – Wozniacki has had a golden draw so far playing two players outside the Top 100 in her first two rounds. Bellis will be a much tougher prospect, playing really well in her win over Bertens, but the experience of Wozniacki should shine through.
Kuznetsova d. Zhang in two – Congrats to Zhang who finally won back-to-back matches after a long long time. Kuznetsova won an epic over Dodin in the previous round which is what the Russian always needs – a confidence boosting long match. Kuz for the win.
Muguruza d. Putintseva in two – Preview
Mladenovic d. Rogers in two – Rogers has been doing well at the French in the past two years, this time reaching the third round, but Mladenovic and the home crowd should be too strong for her; the Frenchwoman’s back seemingly much better.
Williams d. Mertens in two – Probably no problems for Venus?
Bacsinszky d. Jabeur in two – Jabeur is high on confidence after a great win over Cibulkova but Bacsinszky has been cruising in her past two matches and should have no problems here.
Round 2 – Bottom Half (9/16)
Svitolina d. Pironkova in two – Pironkova dished out a surprising win over Barthel who was on a streak. She’s was a quarterfinalist last year, but Svitolina has all the weapons to beat her and will probably just need a solid display to go through.
Konjuh d. Linette in two – Linette’s a patchy player at times while I’m never convinced by Konjuh on clay. Didn’t see both play in their previous matches so going with the seeded Konjuh.
Sevastova d. Bouchard in two – Bouchard can beat Sevastova on a good day but her good performances rarely comes. Sevastova’s trickery should disturb the Canadian’s rhythm.
Keys d. Martic in two – Keys was brilliant in her win against Barty, the serve and groundstrokes were all working well; should beat Martic here.
Lepchenko d. Vesnina in three – Don’t know about both players, especially Vesnina who has been so streaky after winning Indian Wells! She isn’t good on clay so maybe Lepchenko?
Suarez Navarro d. Cirstea in two – Cirstea’s tricky – she has posed decent results on the dirt this year with a quarterfinal in Madrid and semifinal in Nuremberg. Still think clay court specialist Suarez Navarro can solve the Cirstea puzzle.
Vondrousova d. Kasatkina in three – Vondrousova is 51-6 on the year which is amazing! Kasatkina who is still recovering from the injury might be troubled a little by the Vondrousova power if she’s playing passive. Going for the upset win for the moment.
Halep d. Maria in two – Halep was a little tentative but solid in her victory against Cepelova; Halep for the win again.
Townsend d. Hsieh in three – Hsieh finally got a win over a Top 10 opponent – Townsend who’s more proficient on the clay than her should probably overpower the Taiwanese.
Garcia d. Paquet in two – Garcia has her days when she’s good – she showed that in a 6-2 6-2 demolition of Hibino. Paquet, probably the only French WC to make it to the second round, got a win over Kr.Pliskova but it’ll be much tougher against Garcia.
Cornet d. Strycova in three – Preview
Radwanska d. Van Uytvanck in two – Van Uytvanck scored a minor upset over Osaka while Radwanska played some of her finest tennis in a while over Ferro. The Belgian is a dangerous player but Radwanska should have too much variety and outsmart her opponent.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Cepede Royg in two – Gosh, picked Safarova as a semifinalist but got kicked out in straights to Cepede Royg. Pavlyuchenkova should beat Cepede Royg, wouldn’t she?
Duque-Marino d. Rybarikova in three – Toss up, didn’t see them played in their first rounders.
Parmentier d. Witthoeft in three – Another no-idea-pick because the cable TV doesn’t show outside court matches! *face burns with fury*
Pliskova d. Alexandrova in two – Don’t know much about Alexandrova though she scored a good win over Siniakova according to the live scores.
Round 2 – Top Half (11/16)
Makarova d. Tsurenko in three – Makarova leads the head to head 2-0, but both of their encounters ended in three sets. The Russian must be high on confidence after the win over Kerber.
Puig d. Ostapenko in two – Both can be erratic on any other day – Puig is a safer choice on clay though.
Stosur d. Flipkens in two – Stosur leads the head to head 2-1 but none of their matches have come on clay. She has the weaponary to break down the Flipkens backhand slice and should win this.
Kvitova d. Mattek-Sands in three – Kvitova will have to be on-song with her passing game if she is to beat the doubles No.1 Mattek-Sands. It could be a tight match.
Wozniacki d. Abanda in two – Wozniacki surprisingly struggled in her match against Fourlis, it should be easier for her against Abanda, shouldn’t it?
Bertens d. Bellis in two – Kiki Bertens is 18-5 on the clay this season. The experience of the Dutchwoman on clay should be enough to beat Bellis. (Random side note: I actually went for Bellis in the full draw predictions, I mistook Bellis for playing with Abanda! xD)
Zhang d. Sasnovich in three – Really happy for Zhang to end her six-match losing streak against Vekic, feel that Sasnovich’s game suits Zhang as the Chinese player will be able to get the rhythm against her.
Kuznetsova d. Dodin in two – Kuznetsova’s level will have to increase against the talented Frenchwoman Dodin, but a Dodin off day should see Kuznetsova go through in straights.
Muguruza d. Kontaveit in three – Preview
Putintseva d. Larsson in three – Putintseva largely cruised to her victory against Georges (not to be confused with Julia Goerges!), it’ll be much tougher against the clay-loving Larsson. Actually went for Larsson originally but Putinseva’s a fighter and could get through this in a tussle.
Rogers d. Buyukakcay in two – Congrats to Buyukakcay who finally beat a Top 25 player this year! She has been so horrid this year that it’s tough to pick her against a player who’s results have come on clay, which is Rogers.
Mladenovic d. Errani in three – Watched the first two sets of Mladenovic-Brady and the Frenchwoman’s movement was really bad, probably because of a back injury. It will be much tougher against Errani who is so tough to break down on clay. Mladenovic’s three-hour tussle against Brady could take its toil on her but I’m still going with Kiki.
Williams d. Nara in two – Venus should win (?)
Mertens d. Hogenkamp in three – Both players are in great form this season – Mertens has a 24-10 win loss record while Hogenkamp is on a 14-match winning streak on the ITFs and qualies. Really don’t know about this!
Bacsinszky d. Brengle in two – Brengle can be really tough to break down as shown by her win against Goerges, but Bacsinszky’s experience on the dirt should shine through.
Cibulkova d. Jabeur in two – Not anticipating any difficulties for Cibulkova.
Round 1 – Bottom Half (21/31)
Svitolina d. Shvedova in two – Shvedova is a player that can cause Svitolina problems but she has only won four matches this year, a dire record.
Barthel d. Pironkova in two – Pironkova was a quarterfinalist here last year but has lost her last six matches. On the contrary, Barthel has won her last 12 of 13 matches.
Linette d. Lim in two – I have never seen Lim play before but Linette can be a little streaky at times so I’m not sure about this.
Kovinic d. Konjuh in three – Kovinic has lost her last nine matches on the WTA while Konjuh only managed to notch two wins on clay. I just have a feeling Kovinic can break her streak here.
Sevastova d. Beck in two – Beck has won their last two matches but I feel Sevastova can use her variety to bring Beck around the court.
Bouchard d. Ozaki in three – It all depends on whether Bouchard’s having a good day, she was injured in Nuremberg but is practicing right now which surprises me! Ozaki plays defensive tennis so the Canadian will have to hit one more ball every rally.
Martic d. Bondarenko in three – Just feeling this could be a three-set battle, Martic the qualifier should be adapted to the conditions.
Keys d. Barty in three – This could be an intriguing match. Barty didn’t play too many matches on the clay but reached the quarterfinals of Strasbourg, while Keys is more experienced on this surface even though she may not prefer it. Keys needs the confidence right now as she has only won three matches this season and I feel that this match would be one that helps her.
Haddad Maia d. Vesnina in two – Ever since her Indian Wells triumph, Vesnina has posed a 1-6 record, only notching a single win on clay. Haddad Maia meanwhile is having one of her best seasons, reaching the quarterfinals of Prague, an ITF title and qualifying for the main draw in the French. She should be well suited on the courts and in my opinion, make the upset.
Lepchenko d. Petkovic in three – No idea about this, both have been good when they’re on, and both have been bad when they’re off. Feeling Lepchenko will take this in a tight epic.
Cirstea d. Peng in three – Cirstea has had a pretty good clay season with a quarterfinal appearance in Madrid and semifinals in Nuremberg. I think she can neutralise Peng’s weapons.
Suarez Navarro d. Sakkari in two – Sakkari is a dangerous opponent on the clay but the clay court stalwart should take this, shouldn’t she?
Kasatkina d. Wickmayer in two – Kasatkina just recovered from an ankle injury and this will be her first match since her scary fall. Against Wickmayer, a dangerous opponent when she’s on, I’ll predict two tight sets.
Vondrousova d. Hesse in two – Vondrousova had been oh so good in the qualifying draw, dropping only seven games in qualifying. She could even be a contender for the second week of the French if she continues to do so well.
Maria d. Duan in two – Update: Just realised Duan hasn’t won a single match on the clay so going for Maria.
Halep d. Cepelova in two – It all depends on whether the ankle can hold up for Halep – for now, it seems pretty optimistic.
Konta d. Hsieh in two – Hsieh is a tricky player than can cause some problems but Konta should have no problem with her opener.
Townsend d. Kato in two – Townsend is capable on playing on the clay.
Kr.Pliskova d. Paquet in three – I could see Pliskova having problems closing out against the French crowd, but she should get it done in three.
Garcia d. Hibino in two – Garcia has been really good when she’s on a roll but like her performance in last week’s Strasbourg semi showed when she can’t get the ball into play she can throw in a really bad performance. Feeling with the former for this one against Hibino.
Strycova d. Riske in three – Both players are not their most comfortable on clay, although both have posed decent results on the dirt this year. Strycova should ultimately get the win with her resilience and perseverance.
Cornet d. Babos in three – This could be an three-set epic on the clay, the French crowd can either help Cornet or pressurise her, right now I’m going with the former but Babos has the weaponary to cause problems.
Osaka d. Van Uytvanuck in two – Probably comfortable for Osaka?
Radwanska d. Ferro in two – Don’t know much about Ferro, Radwanska should get the win even though she’s low on confidence.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Tig in two – Pavlyuchenkova’s playing really well, she’ll probably blow Tig off the court.
Safarova d. Cepede Royg in two – Safarova for the win.
Begu d. Duque-Marino in two – Duque-Marino can be tough to break down on the clay but Begu should do it.
Rybarikova d. Vandeweghe in two – Hunch that Rybarikova will make the upset. No evidence to prove so though!
Davis d. Witthoeft in three – Witthoeft won their previous match in New Haven, it’s a tough one to pick but Davis has been solid throughout this whole season.
Parmentier d. Khromacheva in three – Don’t know a lot about Khromacheva, also not very sure if the French crowd will help Parmentier in her game as well.
Siniakova d. Alexandrova in two – Siniakova has the weapons to hit through Alexandrova.
Ka.Pliskova d. Zheng in two – Zheng can be a tricky customer as she’s tough to break tough with loads of variety but little pace. I still have confidence in Pliskova edging out the win, this match may prove crucial if Pliskova is to advance further in Roland Garros.
Round 1 – Top Half (23/32)
Kerber d. Makarova in three – Preview
Tsurenko d. Kozlova in three – Kozlova qualified for the main draw after beating Krunic; qualifiers are always dangerous and Tsurenko has lost her last eight out of nine matches. Maybe a tight three setter?
Ostapenko d. Chirico in three – For Ostapenko matches, it usually comes down to the Latvian if she can make the court more often than not. Hunch with Ostapenko though.
Vinci d. Puig in three – Puig has lost her last five out of seven matches while Vinci only has one win on the clay. Another difficult match to decide but the experience of Vinci should shine through.
Stosur d. Kucova in two – Stosur is coming off a final (maybe champion) appearance at Strasbourg, seems comfortable on the clay and should be able to take this.
Flipkens d. Minella in two – Another impossible-to-choose match, Flipkens leads the head to head 2-0 but the last match came in a Minella retirement and the other encounter happened in 2004(!) I’ll go with Flipkens who has more variety.
Mattek-Sands d. Rodina in three – Mattek-Sands endured three qualifying matches to progress to the main draw. The American also leads the head to head 2-0.
Boserup d. Kvitova in two – It’s obviously Kvitova’s first match on tour since Zhuhai last year, she said that her hand wasn’t at 100% yet so I’ll go with Boserup.
Wozniacki d. Fourlis in two – Great opportunity for Wozniacki to make it to the second week of the French with a seemingly comfortable draw.
Abanda d. Andrianjafitrimo in two – Haven’t heard of Andrianjafitrimo (what a long name!) before so predicting Abanda to win.
Bellis d. Lemoine in two – Lemoine needed two three set matches to get to the main draw; pretty high on Bellis to make some noise on the clay in the next few years.
Bertens d. Tomljanovic in two – Bertens is coming off a fantastic clay court swing, pressure to defend semifinal points from last year here should have been all gone.
Vekic d. Zhang in three – I really like Zhang but it’s tough to pick her when she’s having such a dire year, she’s 6-12 on the season and 0-4 on the red clay. If Vekic doesn’t take advantage of the opening, I’ll be like -_-
Sasnovich d. Golubic in two – Was so impressed with Sasnovich in Biel and Fed Cup, while Golubic is low on confidence, with a 3-11 record on the year.
Dodin d. Giorgi in three – Between two big-hitting players, it’ll depend on who makes the court often than not – instinct with Dodin who is playing on home soil.
Kuznetsova d. McHale in two – I like Kuznetsova’s chances to make it deep in the draw.
Muguruza d. Schiavone in three – Oh Muguruza! She got a difficult opponent in the form of Schiavone who’s probably playing her last French Open and will definitely give it all she’s got. I think the Spaniard will scrape through this.
Kontaveit d. Niculescu in three – Niculescu is a player who will cause problems for the big-hitting Kontaveit, but I feel the Estonian will pass the test.
Larsson d. Vikhlysantseva in two – No reasons for this pick, no idea who to choose!
M.Georges d. Putintseva in three – Playing against the home crowd, this could be a match full of drama with Putintseva’s antics and I’m not confident with her repeating last year’s quarterfinal appearance.
Lucic-Baroni d. Buyukakcay in two – Buyukakcay is actually at No.156 in the rankings, what a drop! Lucic-Baroni should take this even on an off-day.
Rogers d. Erakovic in two – The two are tied in the head to head with the previous encounter being Rogers’ win in the 2017 Miami Open. More confident with Rogers on clay.
Errani d. Doi in two – Doi suffered from a back(?) injury and withdrew from Nuremberg. One of the last few people she’ll probably want to face is Errani, who is coming off a fantastic qualifying run.
Mladenovic d. Brady in two – High on Mladenovic to make some sort of run this week.
Williams d. Wang in three – Wang is those sort of players that could disturb Williams on a Venus off day, she can retrieve the balls pretty well and make her hit one more shot. I still think Williams will take this after an encouraging semifinal run in Rome.
Anisimova d. Nara in three – No idea, just hope that Anisimova will progress so we can see the battle of youth and experience!
Hogenkamp d. Jankovic in two – Jankovic has been losing many matches when she’s at the brink of winning, not confident with her at all.
Gavrilova d. Mertens in two – Gavrilova won their previous encounter, a comfortable 6-2 6-1 demolition in Rabat this year. Coming off a final (maybe champion) appearance in Strasbourg, Daria is another player possibly to make some sort of run here.
Bacsinszky d. Sorribes Tormo in two – I feel that Bacsinszky can make a run into the second week here, she has a manageable draw to work out.
J.Goerges d. Brengle in two – Was shocked at how Brengle hit 91% of first serves against Stosur in Strasbourg but only managed to win 38% of them! The American furthermore only managed to hit 5 winners throughout that match. Goerges plays somewhat like Stosur and should be able to win this.
Jabeur d. Bogdan in two – No reasons but hunch with Jabeur.
Cibulkova d. Arruabarrena in three – I’ve mostly gone for the seeds to make it through their openers, but this match is really difficult to decide. Arruabarrena is decent on the clay Cibulkova has not been playing her best tennis in the recent months; I think this will go into a deciding set.