2019 Roland Garros Predictions
Finals – Roland Garros Predictions
Barty d. Vondrousova in three sets – Who knows? Both are evenly matched and have plenty of variety in their arsenal. Vondrousova has not dropped a set enroute to the final but there will be plenty of nerves in this one for both, but Barty does have extra experience to rely on with her doubles success. Think the Barty slice will be a crucial aspect in this match. Going for Barty to win the whole thing.
Semifinals – Roland Garros Predictions
Barty d. Anisimova in three sets – Anisimova played stunning tennis against Halep but Barty is a tougher prospect in terms of the variety. The Barty backhand slice will be the biggest factor of the match – if Barty can use it to construct points and frustrate Anisimova, the win should be hers. If Anisimova can handle the slice then she should likely be able to overpower the Australian. Not convinced she can do that throughout the entire match because she’s pretty tall. Barty is the slightly more experienced of the two and even in uncharted territory, I think she will be able to come through this one.
Konta vs Vondrousova – Preview
Day 11 – Roland Garros Predictions
Halep d. Anisimova in two sets – Halep’s path to the quarters have been so smooth and on paper, Anisimova shouldn’t provide too many problems either. Anisimova didn’t look really comfortable on clay in Madrid and Rome but has reached this stage without dropping a set, with wins over Sabalenka, Begu and surprise package Bolsova Zadinov. Meanwhile, Halep needed three to beat Tomljanovic and Linette, but has settled into the tournament with dominating wins over Tsurenko and Swiatek. Anisimova’s got weapons but Halep on clay is a mighty task for any player. Coupled with the fact that this is one of the biggest matches of her career, this could be a nervy and messy performance from the American. Halep to win in straights.
Barty d. Keys in three sets – The head to head is tied at one win apiece, with Barty winning their encounter in Fed Cup this year 6-4 6-1, while Keys won here in Paris two years ago 6-3 6-2. It’s an interesting match because both don’t enjoy playing on the clay, but both have made it so far in the tournament! Keys had her best performance of the week with a straight-set victory over Siniakova, setting up points very nicely and cutting down on the loose errors. Barty needed three to beat Kenin but was ultimately able to apply her variety to frustrate the latter. This match will likely depend more on Keys’ level and whether she can avoid getting bogged down by rallies with the Barty slice and retrieval skills. Barty will be aiming for her first ever Slam semifinal, but she’s so confident at the moment and I don’t think she’ll experience too many nerves. Think she’ll be a tad more consistent and get the win.
Day 10 – Roland Garros Predictions
Stephens d. Konta in three sets – These two just met a couple of weeks ago in Rome, where Konta came through in three. Konta’s been pretty much steamrolling through this draw and scored a very solid and aggressive win over Stephens. Unsurprisingly, Stephens brought her best tennis to the Muguruza match and is now the favourite to come through from the bottom half of the draw. Wonder if she’ll be feeling the pressure and expectations will catch up with her. Stephens is definitely going to be motivated for this one and feel that she will get a good victory after a slow start.
Martic d. Vondrousova in three sets – A repeat of the Istanbul final where Martic came through in three. Both are aiming for their first ever Grand Slam semifinal and clearly there are going to be a ton of nerves. Vondrousova has slightly more power, while Martic has a slightly higher clay court IQ. No idea who’s going to win this one – Martic?
Day 9 – Roland Garros Predictions
Barty d. Kenin in three sets – Barty has quietly cruised through the draw and is into the second week of Roland Garros for the first time in her career. Meanwhile, Kenin scored a huge win over Serena Williams, 6-3 7-5 and should be brimming with confidence at the moment. As mentioned, she’s such a huge competitor and fighter and it was that that brought her to the victory over Serena. Barty leads the head to head 2-0, with both wins coming in straights. This one could be a tougher match as Barty isn’t the best on clay, but ultimately she should be able to work Kenin out with her game.
Halep d. Swiatek in two sets – Swiatek’s playing amazing tennis at the moment as she ousted top 20 player Wang Qiang and Olympic champion Monica Puig for her first ever fourth round appearance at a Grand Slam. This is all new to her and her reward will be a meeting with the defending champion! There will be nerves and Halep will likely be too solid in this one.
Siniakova d. Keys in three sets – Keys has made it into the second week in the last six of seven Slams. Clearly she always seems to play her best tennis for the Slams, but she’s done it the hard way this time round, being pushed to three against Priscilla Hon and Anna Blinkova. Siniakova played great against No.1 Osaka and very surprised to see her looking comfortable on the big stage and winning the majority of the big points there. Perhaps going with heart over head because this is the first time Siniakova’s been so far at a Slam but if she plays solid and draw Keys into errors, I think she can do it.
Anisimova d. Bolsova Zadinov in two sets – Had no idea who Bolsova Zadinov was till this tournament! Both heading into uncharted territory here but Aisimova for the win.
Day 8 – Roland Garros Predictions
Martic d. Kanepi in three sets – Martic continues to dazzle with a huge win against Pliskova and is up to 15 wins on the clay this season. Kanepi has beaten huge hitters in Goerges and Kudermetova to reach this stage so Martic is a different type of player. Martic’s clay court IQ and variety should be too much to handle for a usually one-dimensional Kanepi.
Muguruza vs Stephens – Preview
Sevastova vs Vondrousova – Preview
Konta d. Vekic in three sets – Both players have very similar strengths and weaknesses so this should be a great battle from the baseline. Inclined to go with Konta as the Brit is in really fine form at the moment.
Day 7 – Roland Garros Predictions
Halep d. Tsurenko in two sets – Halep leads the head to head 7-0. Absolutely no chance for Tsurenko who has been grilled by Halep’s consistency in their previous matches.
S.Williams d. Kenin in two sets – This should be a tough match for Serena. Kenin is a great competitor and gets so many balls back which should frustrate Serena a lot. The slow clay courts should favour Kenin in the long rallies, but I’m not sure she really likes playing on it? Serena should come through in two tight sets though eventually.
Osaka d. Siniakova in two sets – Both played absolute epics two days ago – Osaka fought past a valiant Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3, while Siniakova fought through Sakkari in over three hours in a 7-6 6-7 6-3 victory. It was the best Siniakova has played all year with her fighting spirit and forehand actually solid. You never know what Siniakova will come onto court but she could take time away from Osaka if she’s playing her best tennis. Osaka didn’t play her best tennis in the first two rounds but as champions do, they’ll start playing better and stronger as the tournament goes. Osaka to come through in one tight and one easy set.
Barty d. Petkovic in two sets – Barty is quietly moving through this draw with two straight-set victories over two Americans. Petkovic could be a tough one as she’s a good clay courter and a 8-6 victory over Hsieh in the third set will boost her confidence level. Ultimately Barty should come through with her stronger forehand and backhand slice, but it won’t be easy.
Keys d. Blinkova in three sets – Keys needed three sets to outlast Priscilla Hon which suggests she isn’t in her best form and not really confident at all, which means there’s definitely a slight opportunity for Blinkova. Blinkova’s been the comeback queen all tournament, coming from 0-3 down to beat Garcia in the previous round, and will be coming in with nothing to lose. Keys should get this eventually, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see her take the scenic route.
Swiatek d. Puig in three sets – Such an intriguing match between two very powerful players. Puig’s form has been improving since hiring new coach Kamau Murray, reaching the semifinals in Charleston, quarters in Strasbourg and beating last year’s quarterfinalist Kasatkina the last round. Swiatek reached the final in Lugano and absolutely demolished Wang Qiang 3&0 for her first top 20 victory. She’s definitely going into this one with no hesitation and just feel her fairytale mission will continue on.
Anisimova d. Begu in three sets
Day 6 – Roland Garros Predictions
Ka.Pliskova d. Martic in three sets – This is definitely going to be Pliskova’s most difficult match of the week with Martic already having 13 wins on the surface this season. Martic is continuing her great form, beating Jabeur and Mladenovic both with the loss of just three games. Unlike Martic, clay isn’t the best surface for Pliskova, but she’s on a seven-match winning streak and was unstoppable in her first two matches in RG. She’s so consistent nowadays and Martic will really have to attack as much as possible and use her variety to shorten the points. Martic leads the head to head 3-1, but Pliskova won their most recent meeting in Miami this year. Would go with Karolina’s big and consistent strikes to come through eventually.
Svitolina d. Muguruza in three sets – Svitolina leads the head to head 6-3, and won their most recent encounter in Dubai this year, 6-1 6-2! Both players have been playing decent tennis this week – Muguruza needed three sets to beat Townsend but was solid and improved against Larsson in the 2R. Svitolina beat Venus 3&3 but didn’t need to hit a ball in the second round with her opponent, Kozlova’s withdrawal. Actually think this isn’t good for her because she definitely needs match practice after troubles with her knee in the previous weeks. Expecting a very good match with both players loving the clay, but not sure which way this will go. Perhaps going with Svitolina because she’ll frustrate Muguruza with her great movement and pick her off at the net more often than not.
Sevastova d. Mertens in two sets – Another all-seeded match but really wasn’t expecting this to happen as Mertens was 4-8 on the tour since wining Doha, while Sevastova had a potential dangerous second rounder against Pavs (which didn’t happen, Pavlyuchenkova lost to Minella). Instinct is that this will be one-sided but who comes through, I don’t know. Slightly edging towards Sevastova because of her clay court credentials.
Stephens d. Hercog in three sets – Sloane was on fire for a set and a half against Sorribes Tormo, but was under some intense pressure as Sorribes Tormo began to unsettle Stephens with her slices and aggressive play. Ultimately Stephens came through in straights, and she’ll be facing another very similar player in Hercog. Hercog’s forehand is a little more powerful than the Spaniard’s, but they both have the game to frustrate Stephens – backhand slice, good movement, and high clay court IQ. It helps that Hercog’s coming in with bundles of confidence as well, winning the title in Lugano earlier this clay court swing. Their last meeting was just a while ago in Madrid, where Stephens won 6-2 7-6(4). Think this should be Stephens’ toughest match of the week but edge to her with her experience on the big stages.
Vondrousova d. Suarez Navarro in three sets – The good matches just does not end with rising star Vondrousova up against the clay-court stalwart CSN. Both players have had contrasting routes up to this stage – Vondrousova thumped Wang Yafan and Potapova in straights, while Suarez Navarro needed three sets to fend off the hard hitters in Yastremska and Rogers. Vondrousova has the full package but she’ll need to put it all together to end off long rallies with her hard groundstrokes, or apply the touch with her favourite drop shots. Confidence is high for Vondrousova so giving her a shot with the ‘upset’.
Kuzmova d. Konta in three sets – Seems like this could be Kuzmova’s time to shine after befitting from a retirement from Kiki Bertens. A little surprised Konta struggled against Davis. Wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Kuzmova dictating play and moving Konta from side to side relentlessly.
Vekic d. Bencic in three sets – Such a 50-50 match… Vekic notched a pair of wins in Stuttgart and Madrid, while Bencic reached the semifinals of Madrid. And both players are on their worst surface on clay! They’re both playing well at the moment and it could go either way – Vekic overpowering Bencic or Bencic counter-punching to great effect. Upset alert clearly and ultimately deciding to head on the Vekic upset train.
Kanepi d. Kudermetova in two sets – Kanepi the giant killer at Slams continues her giant slaying form at RG19. Kudermetova aiming for her first second week appearance at a Slam and there will definitely be nerves. Kanepi train to continue rolling on.
Day 5 – Roland Garros Selected Predictions
Garcia d. Blinkova in two sets – A great straight-sets win against Barthel in the first round would definitely have done a world of good for Garcia. Blinkova plays a similar game to Barthel and I think Garcia will just do everything a little better than her.
S.Williams d. Nara in two sets – No chance for Nara; she clearly lacks weapons against Serena.
Osaka d. Azarenka in three sets – Can’t believe the obvious match of the day is on Lenglen. This match-up almost didn’t happen as Osaka was two points away from exiting the tournament against Schmiedlova, but barely found her groove in the end to overpower Schmieds in the third set. Azarenka had a much more comfortable win according to the scoreline, but had it tough against a very erratic Ostapenko who was overpowering her at times. Azarenka was ultimately the more solid player and will have to use her counter-punching skills against Osaka again. I wasn’t very impressed with Azarenka’s win as she didn’t exactly do too much to get the win. If Osaka finds her range – which she probably will after her confidence-boosting first round win, Azarenka will probably be lacking in weapons to stop Osaka.
Halep d. Linette in two sets – Halep needed three sets to defeat Tomljanovic but the draw has really opened up for her. Don’t see Linette troubling Halep at all.
Stosur d. Alexandrova in three sets – Both recorded wins over higher ranked opponents in the first round – Stosur beat Strycova and Alexandrova defeated Buzarnescu, both in straights. Stosur clearly loves playing at the French Open and you can never judge her pre-RG form. Her topspin, slice and clay court skills should be too much for Alexandrova eventually.
Sabalenka d. Anisimova in three sets – A repeat match-up from this year’s Australian Open where Anisimova won, 6-3 6-2. Both players aren’t that comfortable on clay though – their results have certainly dipped in recent months, so this encounter will probably be much messier. Went against Sabalenka in the first round but not convinced with Anisimova on the slow court, so going with the Belarusian.
Sakkari d. Siniakova in three sets – Sakkari has 15 wins on the clay to her name in this season and was comfortable in a straight-sets victory in the first round. Siniakova is a dangerous floater, but you just don’t know which Siniakova will appear on the court. She’s really not strong mentally and even if she gets into a good position here, I doubt she will be able to win the important points. Sakkari’s relentless defence should be able to come through.
Puig d. Kasatkina in three sets – Very much a 50-50 match. Both players have been slowly improving after slow starts to the season. It pretty much depends on whether Puig can control her power and have the patience to outlast Kasatkina in long rallies. Not sure if Kasatkina will be able to handle the power from Puig so going with the latter.
Day 4 – Roland Garros Selected Predictions
Stephens d. Sorribes Tormo in two sets – They last played in Charleston where Stephens came through 7-6(4), 7-6(4) in two hours and 37 minutes. This should be a grind with Stephens trying to take control and Sorribes Tormo retrieving endlessly. Stephens’ form has been improving and expecting her to win the important points in this one.
Bertens d. Kuzmova in three sets – Bertens will be aware of the Kuzmova threat after the latter beat her in Dubai, before Bertens exacted revenge in Indian Wells with a three-set victory. Kuzmova was super impressive against Cornet, but Bertens is a much tougher prospect on this surface. Didn’t feel that Bertens played her best against Parmentier and she’ll really need to step it up on this one. Kuzmova could nick a set, but Bertens’ shotmaking on the dirt should prevail eventually.
Svitolina d. Kozlova in two sets – There will definitely be at least one Ukrainian in the third round as two childhood friends go up against one another. Svitolina was solid and steady against Venus for her first win since Indian Wells, while Kozlova has had a decent season so far, beating Pliskova in Madrid and pushing the likes of Sabalenka and Halep to the limit. Svitolina should know Kozlova’s game well and she should be able to use that for the win.
Mladenovic d. Martic in three sets – Both players have been in superb form of late. Mladenovic is certainly finding back her confidence since hiring coach Bajin, while Martic won the title in Istanbul and reached the quarterfinals in Madrid. Not sure what to expect from this one after they played one of the longest matches of the season, with Martic edging a three hour and 17 minute encounter. Slightly edging towards Mladenovic though since she really thrives in front of her home crowd.
Bencic d. Siegemund in three sets – Siegemund played great tennis in the first round but Bencic is so much more solid than Zhuk. On her worst surface Bencic still has been able to produce decent results and she’s clearly sky high in confidence right now. I think she might struggle to hit through Siegemund’s variety in the beginning, but find back her game in time to secure a third round ticket.
Muguruza d. Larsson in two sets – Muguruza started really slowly against Townsend but handled the topspin and variety really well eventually. She was great at the net – which suggests that she’s feeling good at the moment – and it wouldn’t be surprising to see her improve even more. She plays great at the French Open and even though Larsson’s a good clay courter, Muguruza should be able to power home for the victory.
Konta d. Davis in two sets – Davis recorded her first Grand Slam win since last year’s Australian Open heartbreak (losing 10-8 to Halep in the third set). Meanwhile, Konta recorded her first main draw match win at the French Open, comfortably beating Lottner. Konta is playing with so much confidence on the clay courts and is playing so well right now – there likely shouldn’t be any other result other than a Konta win.
Vondrousova d. Potapova in three sets – Potapova plays another left-handed, this time in the form of in-form Vondrousova. Vondrousova plays a much heavier ball than Kerber and her game is definitely much more suited to the clay courts. Vondrousova’s playing with a bucket of confidence right now and her drop shots are so lethal on this surface. I think her extra confidence, experience and variety will help her through this match.
Day 3 – Roland Garros Selected Predictions
Osaka d. Schmiedlova in two sets – Without injuries Osaka should be able to win this comfortably, but it seems like she’s still feeling the effects from a hand injury sustained at Rome. Interested to see how Osaka handles this one because there’ll be way tougher challenges ahead.
Halep d. Tomljanovic in two sets – Not the best preparation for her title defence as Halep reached the final in Madrid, losing to Bertens, before crashing out in her Rome opener to Vondrousova. This is not going to be an easy opener as Tomljanovic has all the power, but the thing that’s stopping her from advancing in the rankings is her lack of mental strength. Feel that even if Tomljanovic gets off to a good start, Halep should be able to win all the critical points. Halep in two tight sets.
Garcia d. Barthel in three sets – This should be a messy match considering both players’ erratic gamestyles. Garcia has not come close to the level she produced in Fed Cup this year, but came close to the Strasbourg title last week, failing to covert on championship point and losing to Yastremska. You never know what you’re going to get from her but in front of her home crowd, she’ll be able to rely on them for support. Think Garcia will pull this one off in a struggle.
Keys d. Rodina in two sets – Keys reached the semifinals here last year but has not be able to show that play on red clay this year. Her game’s still so hit and miss and Rodina, a classic counter-puncher, could cause problems on a Keys off-day. Rodina beat Keys in three sets last year at Wimbledon to make her first Slam quarterfinal, but hasn’t come close to producing that form in 2019. Feel Keys will be too strong in the end for a low-in-confidence Rodina.
Azarenka d. Ostapenko in three sets – Clearly the match of the day but it could easily fail to deliver as well. Ostapenko continues to be an erratic mess on court this year – dating back to Seoul 2018, Ostapenko is 9-19 and has only won back-to-back matches once in this time period! A retirement in Rome implies that Ostapenko’s health isn’t good just yet. Azarenka also started 2019 slowly but has improved with every match, and has done a decent job on the clay courts, reaching quarterfinals in Stuttgart and Rome. Clearly Azarenka is playing better right now and have to go with her because she’s just so much more consistent than Ostapenko. Azarenka’s a great returner too and she’ll definitely be attacking that vulnerable Ostapenko second serve, which has been a liability in all her matches this year.
Cibulkova d. Sabalenka in three sets – Another match where it just seems obvious to go with the form book. Don’t look at the results, but the quality of their recent matches – Cibulkova pushed No.1 Osaka hard in both of their meetings in Madrid and Rome, while Sabalenka continues to be struggling with the serve and inconsistency in recent matches. Sabalenka’s definitely struggling with the added expectations and clay isn’t a good surface for the Belarusian.
Kasatkina d. Paolini in three sets – Kasatkina reached the quarterfinals here last year which should just add to her burdens right now. Kasatkina played marginally better in Rome, winning back-to-back matches there, but is still completely off from her level last year. Paolini beat Kasatkina in Prague last year and should know her way on a clay court. Wouldn’t be surprised if the upset occurs but Kasatkina showed some decent signs in Rome so…?
Tsurenko d. Bouchard in three sets – Bouchard’s playing her first match since Miami. Don’t have much to say about this one as it all depends on whether Bouchard can get her groundstrokes into the court more often than not. Going for the counter-puncher Tsurenko to grit through the win.
Muchova d. Kontaveit in three sets – The hipster match of the day’s on court 7 as the talented and tricky Muchova faces the powerful and clay-loving Kontaveit. Kontaveit’s been struggling against players with a load of variety and who gets a lot of balls back (see: Sakkari, Sasnovich, Barty). Muchova’s exactly that type of player and she’ll be confident coming from the finals in Prague. Don’t know why, but heavily feeling the upset vibes in this one.
Gavrilova d. Krunic in three sets – Laughing at this match-up because both players are struggling so hard on the tour right now. Gavrilova is 4-12 in 2019, and interestingly has only won matches in two of 11 tournaments this year – Indian Wells and Strasbourg. Both wins in Strasbourg came to players outside of the top 250. But at least she’s winning, unlike Krunic who has lost her last six matches and has not recorded a win on clay this season. Clearly this is going to be a very scrappy battle and this type of match is where Gavrilova’s fighting and competitive spirit should prevail.
Day 2 – Roland Garros Selected Predictions
Wozniacki d. Kudermetova in three sets – Not expecting too much from Wozniacki who retired from both Madrid and Rome with injuries. An obvious upset alert considering the power from the Kudermetova racket, but it depends on whether she can maintain her consistency. Still going for Wozniacki here.
S.Williams d. Diatchenko in two sets – Serena has been unable to complete her last three tournaments due to injury, but doubt Diatchenko has enough to stop Williams.
Bertens d. Parmentier in two sets – Parmentier’s a clay court specialist, but based on Bertens’ amazing form she’s probably going to secure the win. Intrigued to see whether Bertens will feel overwhelmed by the expectations.
Kvitova d. Cirstea in two sets – Saw reports that Kvitova cancelled her practice yesterday due to a left arm injury… This isn’t good at all because she’s going to have to work very hard for points on clay. Doubt Cirstea will have the consistency to trouble Kvitova, but there’s going to be a tougher challenges ahead.
Cornet d. Kuzmova in three sets – Not sure if Alize’s injury from Rome has recovered because the movement from Cornet needs to be stellar to defend all the hard balls from Kuzmova. She loves playing in front of her home crowd though so going with her… just!
Stosur d. Strycova in three sets – Stosur hasn’t been able to win back-to-back matches on clay after four tournaments on the surface. Strycova’s made a pair of semifinals in Prague and Istanbul but still going for Stosur as she plays well at the French Open and Strycova’s been super inconsistent nowadays.
Kanepi d. Goerges in three sets – The queen of wrecking havoc in Slam draws is back… Simona Halep would have been glad to avoid Kanepi this time round but Goerges unfortunately drew the short end of the stick. Coupled with injuries wrecking her clay court swing, an upset is definitely on the cards. Kanepi has only played one tournament on red clay this year and I don’t know whether she’s good on this surface, but Goerges’ injuries is still an unknown at the moment so going for the upset.
Barty d. Pegula in two sets – Good draw for Barty to pick up some wins and confidence before the tougher challenges ahead.
Bouzkova d. Andreescu in three sets – Andreescu’s first match since the Miami Open. Obviously this is Andreescu’s first match on clay but she likes this surface so interested to see what she can do. Bouzkova is a decent player and coming from qualies she should already be adjusted to this surface. Won’t be surprised to see an upset here.
Konta d. Lottner in two sets – Qualifiers are always dangerous and a hard-hitting one is even more difficult as Konta aims to break her duck of four straight round one losses on the Parisian clay. Based on form and Lottner’s inconsistency, Konta should be able to get it done in two tight sets.
Mertens d. Zidansek in three sets – Zidansek reached the finals in Nurnberg and her game is clearly suited for clay, Mertens hasn’t been able to find her range since winning the title in Doha so Zidansek’s scrappy nature will definitely be able to cause a lot of issues. Ultimately Mertens’ fighting spirit should get her this one, but it likely won’t be easy.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Minella in three sets – Not much to say about this. All depends on whether Pavlyuchenkova can get the ball into play more often than not. Feel like Pavlyuchenkova will take the scenic route in this one for the win.
Alexandrova d. Buzarnescu in three sets – Last year’s French Open was where Buzarnescu picked up her first top 5 win over Svitolina. Unfortunately since the big injury in Montreal Buzarnescu is 7-20 in her last 27 matches and can’t pick up any form right now. Alexandrova is such a big hitter that it wouldn’t be surprising to see Buzarnescu picking up another loss,
Putintseva d. Peterson in three sets – Feel like this one will deliver the drama! Putintseva is a two-time quarterfinalist and should be brimming with confidence after a first WTA title in Nurnburg. Putintseva might make life difficult for herself but she should win eventually.
Hsieh d. Golubic in three sets – Hsieh managed to pick up only three wins on the dirt and clearly this isn’t her favourite surface, but this is the tournament where Hsieh’s resurgence started with an upset win over Konta two years ago. Golubic is a decent clay courter and she should be able to bring it to the distance but Hsieh’s tricky play should prevail eventually.
Suarez Navarro d. Yastremska in three sets – Very much a 50-50 match. Suarez Navarro loves clay and the French Open but Yastremska should be sky high on confidence after an epic win over Garcia in the finals of Strasbourg. They’ve met twice this year and have split their meetings, though CSN won the most recent one on clay in Rome, in three sets. Don’t know what to expect in this one as it should mostly depend on Yastremska’s level. Heading towards the more experienced clay courter.
Day 1 – Roland Garros Selected Predictions
Kerber d. Potapova in two sets – Kerber hasn’t played since her win over Tsurenko in the first round of Madrid, withdrawing from both Madrid and Rome with an ankle injury. Kerber will obviously be rusty coming into this one and playing the dangerous and hard-hitting Potapova is not a good way to start the tournament. This is just Potapova’s second match against a top ten player though (i. Wozniacki 0-6 1-6) and she likely should be feeling big stage nerves. I think she’ll be unable to cope with Kerber’s consistency and hit way too many errors to stay in the match.
Ka.Pliskova d. Brengle in two sets – Pliskova dropped a set against Brengle in their previous meeting, winning 4-6 6-0 6-1 in the Australian Open this year. Doubt Brengle has any weapons to deal with Pliskova’s supreme consistency and hitting. Interested to see how Pliskova deals with the pressure of being a title contender heading into the tournament.
Mladenovic d. Ferro in two sets – Ferro has game but Mladenovic is looking high on confidence after hiring her new coach Sascha Bajin. How does Bajin do it with every player he works with?! Mladenovic’s power and flashes of variety should prevail.
Stephens d. Doi in two sets – Exactly this time last year, Doi was ranked No.319 and crashed out in the first round of qualifying. One year on and she’s been slowly working her way back onto the tour and secured a main draw spot with her current ranking of No.110. Clay’s not the best surface for Doi and Stephens is obviously so comfortable on the dirt. Stephens should be pretty motivated to get some wins as last year’s defending finalist and I think she’ll do well here.
Muguruza d. Townsend in two sets – Townsend has the game and variety to unsettle Muguruza but she can rarely sustain it in a match. You can never judge Muguruza’s pre-Slam form because she always brings her best level to the Slams, especially the French Open. Don’t see Muguruza struggling on the new Simonne Mathieu court.
Svitolina d. V.Williams in three sets – Svitolina has lost her last four matches and a loss to Azarenka 7-5 in the third in Rome after leading 5-2 would have dealt her a big blow to her confidence. Nonetheless, Svitolina did play well in patches and it looks like her knee is feeling much matter. I feel that the low expectations for Svitolina should help her out because she never seems to be able to do well when she’s touted as a title contender! Venus never plays her best tennis on the clay and amidst the injuries, it’s going to be a tough ask against a great counter-puncher. Nevertheless, she’s a great battler and she’s definitely going to give it her all though Svitolina should be the more solid player and come up trumps in a tight match here.
Martic d. Jabeur in two sets – A potentially fun match with both players capable of producing flashes of brilliance with their variety. Jabeur has only played two matches this year on clay, while Martic claimed the title in Istanbul and is looking good on clay. The lack of match play for Jabeur should cost her the match.
Bencic d. Ponchet in two sets – Bencic does like rhythm so it’ll be interesting to see if the unorthodox play of Ponchet upset’s her game. Nonetheless, Bencic in two sets.
Kuznetsova d. Kucova in three sets – Kunetsova has went 5-5 since her comeback in Lugano, alternating between flashes of brilliance and medicore play so far. Think her clay court awareness will be too strong for Kucova who has been sticking to ITFs for the majority of the season.
Hercog d. Sasnovich in three sets – It’s clay, so Hercog’s topspin game and clay court IQ should be too high for Sasnovich who is such an inconsistent player.
Siegemund d. Zhuk in three sets – Nice clash in styles between a slicer-dicer and a power player. Siegemund had strapping on her shoulder in Strasbourg, but doubt Zhuk can handle her clay court game.
Vondrousova d. Y.Wang in two sets – Wang Yafan has had zero wins on the clay this season and her game really just doesn’t suit the clay. Compared to Vondrousova, who is buzzing on the dirt and reached the finals in Istanbul and quarterfinals in Rome. Vondrousova is looking very confident at the moment and she should be stronger than Y.Wang in all aspects of her game.