Ashleigh Barty vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros Final Preview

🇫🇷🥖💶 Roland Garros, Final Preview
🇦🇺 (8) Ashleigh Barty vs. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova

A new Grand Slam champion will be crowned on Saturday in Paris as the 8th seeded Ashleigh Barty takes on the unseeded Marketa Vondrousova in the 2019 Roland Garros championship match. Barty and Vondrousova will both be competing in their very first Grand Slam singles final, a huge opportunity for both players. It is Barty who heads into this match as the favourite to lift the trophy, Barty is the more experienced player, the higher ranked player and has won both of the previous matches between the pair, but don’t take Vondrousova lightly.

Ash Barty came through a rollercoaster semi-final against Amanda Anisimova to secure her spot in the final. Barty raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set before dropping 10 of the next 11 games to find her self down 6-7 0-3 and seemingly heading for the exit door. However, the Aussie showed true resilience to rebound against a fearless opponent and secure a famous 6-7 6-3 6-3 victory. Barty’s versatility has caused her opponents all types of problems all tournament, she truly is a unique player in the women’s game, Barty’s slice backhand is one of the best shots in the women’s game at the moment.

At just 19-years of age Marketa Vondrousova is through to a Grand Slam final. Vondrousova certainly doesn’t play like a teenager on court. The young Czech star has played with a maturity well beyond her years to reach Saturday’s final without dropping a single set all tournament. Vondrousova’s gutsy 7-5 7-6 semi-final win over Johanna Konta typified her strong character. Vondrousova trailed 3-5 in each set but never lost her cool and eventually wore down Konta with her relentless scrapping from the baseline. Like Barty, Vondrousova is a unique player, she has it all, power, outstanding defense, great touch and a very competent net game.

Barty holds a perfect 2-0 record over Vondrousova. The Aussie has won both of the previous matches between the pair in straight sets, 7-5 7-6 on the Nottingham grass in 2017 whilst more recently Barty claimed a 6-3 7-5 win on a hard court in Cincinnati late last year. This will be their first meeting on clay court and easily the biggest match of both players respective careers. Who will prevail?

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Johanna Konta vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros SF Preview

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🇬🇧 (26) Johanna Konta vs. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova

An unexpected semi-final match-up at Roland Garros sees the 28th seeded Johanna Konta take on 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova. The stakes couldn’t be much higher, Konta and Vondrousova will both be aiming to reach a maiden Grand Slam final. Both players enter this match full of confidence having claimed successive straight set wins over quality opposition to reach this stage of the tournament, who will prevail?

Johanna Konta is having an unbelievably good clay court season for someone who has never previously even won a main draw match in Paris. It all started in Marrakech where Konta reached her first clay court final before reaching the final in Rome last month. Konta has carried her strong form into Paris where she has played some devastating tennis. The British number 1 navigated her way through the first week of the event with wins over Antonia Lottner, Lauren Davis and Viktoria Kuzmova, Konta’s 3 set win over Davis was the only match she has dropped a set this tournament. Konta’s two most recent victories have been especially impressive, a 6-2 6-4 win over the 23rd seeded Donna Vekic before crushing the 7th seeded Sloane Stephens 6-1 6-4 in a near-flawless serving display.

Marketa Vondrousova has swept through the draw In Paris without dropping a single set to reach the final 4 of a Grand Slam for the first time. The unseeded Czech started the event with wins over Yafan Wang and Anastasia Potapova before beating 3 seeded opponent in a row. Vondrousova cruised past the 28th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-4 before crushing the 12th seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-2 6-0. Vondrousova’s greatest challenge came at the quarter-final stage where she battled past the 31st seeded Petra Martic 7-6 7-5 in what was a gruelling match that lasted exactly 2 hours. Vondrousova now gets a change at revenge against Johanna Konta, an opponent she recently lost to in Rome.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Vondrousova defeated Konta 7-6 6-4 in Indian Wells last year whilst more recently Konta claimed a 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory in Rome last month. Konta’s recent win over Vondrousova on clay gives her the slight edge heading into this match but Vondrousova will fancy her chances on this occasion.

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Ashleigh Barty vs. Madison Keys, Roland Garros QF Preview

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🇦🇺 (8) Ashleigh Barty vs. 🇺🇸 (14) Madison Keys

Ash Barty and Madison Keys continue their respective quests for a maiden Grand Slam title when the pair do battle at the quarter-final stage at Roland Garros on Wednesday. This is set to be an intriguing contest between two players at very similar stages in their careers. Barty and Keys were both seen as players on the cusp of breaking through to claim a major title heading into Paris, now the opportunity presents itself to the pair to grab that first major in Paris.

Madison Keys of the United States in action during her fourth-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Ash Barty stormed through the first week in Paris without dropping a set. The 8th seed claimed straight set wins over Jessica Pegula, Danielle Collins and Andrea Petkovic in week 1 of the tournament. Barty’s first slight scare came in the fourth round where she was forced into a deciding set by Sofia Kenin. Barty was up to the challenge against a dangerous opponent as she cruised to a 6-3 3-6 6-0 victory. Barty has now reached back-to-back Grand Slam quarter-finals in 2019 having entered the season without reaching the final 8 of a major.

Madison Keys is through to the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam for the 7th time in her career and for the second consecutive year in Paris. Keys started her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with an easy straight set win over Evgeniya Rodina before battling past Priscilla Hon and Anna Blinkova in 3 sets. Keys produced her best performance of the tournament thus far in a 6-2 6-4 victory over Katerina Siniakova to secure her spot in the final 8.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. It was Barty who won the most recent match between the pair earlier this year, a fairly comfortable 6-4 6-1 victory on a hard court in a Fed Cup tie. It was Keys who won their only previous match on a clay court, a 6-3 6-2 victory at Roland Garros in 2017.

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Simona Halep vs. Amanda Anisimova, Roland Garros QF Preview

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🇷🇴 (3) Simona Halep vs. 🇺🇸 Amanda Anisimova

Simona Halep continues her Roland Garros title defense on Wednesday with a quarter-final clash against America’s Amanda Anisimova. The gulf in experience between Halep and Anisimova is huge heading into this clash. Halep has reached the final in Paris on 3 previous occasions and of course won the title last year, whilst Anisimova entered this tournament having never won a main draw match at Roland Garros, this is the American’s second main draw appearance at the event. Thus it is Halep who enters this match as a huge favourite.

Amanda Anisimova of the United States in action during her fourth-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

This was always going to be an interesting tournament for Simona Halep, the first time she has entered a Grand Slam as a defending champion. So far so good for the Romanian. Halep started the event with a couple of hard-fought 3 set wins over Ajla Tomljanovic and Magda Linette before cruising past Lesia Tsurenko and Iga Swiatek in straight sets. Halep’s tough start to the event may well have been just what the former world number 1 needed, she has been tested and is now seemingly getting stronger and stronger.

At 17 years of age Amanda Anisimova is the first player born in this millennium to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final. Anisimova has made her way through to the final 8 in style without dropping a single set. Anisimova’s biggest win of the event was in the second round where she defeated the 11th seeded Aryna Sabalenka 6-4 6-2. The American also claimed wins over Harmony Tan and Irina-Camelia Begu in the first week. Anisimova booked her spot in a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final with a powerful 6-3 6-0 win over Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov. This has been another impressive run by the American who also reached also the round of 16 earlier this year at the Australian Open.

This will be the first career meeting between Halep and Anisimova. This match looms as the American’s biggest test of the tournament, perhaps even her entire career, how will Anisimova handle the occasion?

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Sloane Stephens vs. Johanna Konta, Roland Garros QF Preview

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🇺🇸 (7) Sloane Stephens vs. 🇬🇧 (26) Johanna Konta

Sloane Stephens and Johanna Konta will renew hostilities when they go head-to-head at the quarter-final stage at Roland Garros. This will be the third career meeting between the pair, interestingly it was Johanna Konta who won both of those matches, both earlier this year. Nevertheless, it is the American who heads into this match as the slight favourite, last year’s runner-up is the highest seed left in the bottom half of the draw and will fancy her chances of reaching back-to-back finals in Paris.

Johanna Konta of Great Britain in action during her fourth-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

The 7th seeded Sloane Stephens hasn’t always had things her own way on rote to the final 8 in Paris. Stephens overcame strong late resistance in all 3 of her matches in the first week of the event. Stephens managed to escape with straight set wins over Misaki Doi and Sara Sorribes Tormo but was not so fortunate against Polona Hercog where she failed to serve out the match before eventually claiming a 6-3 5-7 6-4 victory. The 2017 US Open champion produced her best performance of the tournament at the round of 16 stage where she comfortably beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-3 to announce herself as a genuine contender at Roland Garros.

Johanna Konta arrives in Paris having never won a main draw match at Roland Garros, Konta had previously lost 4 times at the opening round stage. However, Konta did arrives in Paris in great form having recently reached the Rome final and has continued that strong form in Paris. Konta broke her Paris duck with a straight set win over Antonia Lottner before battling past Lauren Davis in 3 sets. Konta produced a couple of clinical performances to secure a spot in the final 8, beating Viktoria Kuzmova and Donna Vekic in straight sets. To be fair, Konta has had a favourable draw, Stephens will provide her biggest test yet in the next round, an opponent Konta has actually had recent success against.

Konta holds a perfect 2-0 record over Stephens. The pair met for the first time in Brisbane at the start of the year, Konta won 6-4 6-3, more recently Konta prevailed 6-7 6-4 6-1 on the clay in Rome. Nevertheless, facing Stephens at a Grand Slam is likely to be a much tougher test for Konta, can the American make it third time lucky against the Brit?

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Petra Martic vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros QF Preview

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🇭🇷 (31) Petra Martic vs. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova

A pair of first time quarter-finalists will go head-to-head for a spot in the final 4 at Roland Garros when the 31st seeded Petra Martic comes up against Marketa Vondrousova. On paper this may look like an unexpected quarter-final match-up for a Grand Slam, but Martic and Vondrousova have actually been two of the best performers of the clay court season. Martic has won more matches on the red dirt than anyone else on tour this year whilst Vondrousova has claimed some big wins on the clay over the last few months.

Petra Martic of Croatia in action during her fourth-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Petra Martic stormed through the first week at Roland Garros without dropping a set. Martic started her Paris campaign with easy straight set wins over Ons Jabeur and Kristina Mladenovic before upsetting the 2nd seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-3. Martic’s greatest battle came in the round of 16 where she managed to reach a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final in her fifth fourth round appearance thanks to a 5-7 6-2 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi. Martic had to battle mental demons in her win over Kanepi, she almost blew her greatest chance to reach the final 8 at a slam but got over the line in what was a tense match.

Marketa Vondrousova arrived in Paris having only won 6 main draw matches at the Grand Slam level. Now Vondrousova is suddenly in a maiden quarter-final in Paris thanks to some devastating tennis. Vondrousova has cruised into the final 8 without dropping a set, in fact she has rarely even been tested. Vondrousova started the event with easy wins over Yafan Wang and Anastasia Potapova before eliminating the 28th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-4. Vondrousova booked her spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-0 thrashing of the 12th seeded Anastasija Sevastova. The young Czech star will need to keep up her recent great form if she is to advance any further when she takes on an opponent she is struggled against in recent times.

Petra Martic heads into this clash with a strong 4-0 head-to-head record over Marketa Vondrousova. All 4 of the meetings between the pair have been in the last couple of years. Their most recent match took place in the Istanbul final a few months ago, Martic claimed a 1-6 6-4 6-1 victory on that occasion. Martic won all 3 of their previous matches in straight sets, all on a hard court. Can an in form Vondrousova make it fifth time lucky against the Croatian?

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Serena Williams vs. Sofia Kenin, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇺🇸 (10) Serena Williams vs. 🇺🇸 Sofia Kenin

Serena Williams continues her Roland Garros campaign on Saturday with a third round clash against Sofia Kenin. Williams made a nervy start to the tournament but produced an improved performance in the second round, there still room for huge improvement. The 23-time Grand Slam champion will probably face her first real test of the tournament against Kenin, an opponent that has troubled some of the best players in the world in recent times. Can Kenin upset Williams to claim the biggest win of her career?

Serena Williams of the United States in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Serena Williams was the great unknown heading into Roland Garros 2019. As a 23-time Grand Slam champion the 33-year-old can never be dismissed heading into a major. However, Serena arrived in Paris having not won back-to-back matches since the Australian Open thanks to ongoing injury concerns. The 10th seed has broken that streak in Paris, starting with a less than convincing 2-6 6-1 6-0 win over Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round before a more respectable 6-3 6-2 triumph over Kurumi Nara.

Sofia Kenin only had to defeat the world number 164 in order to reach the third round in Paris for the first time. Kenin started her Roland Garros with a messy 6-3 5-7 6-2 win over the 164th ranked Giulia Gatto-Monticone before receiving a walkover in the second round thanks to Bianca Andreescu’s withdrawal from the tournament. Kenin has never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam before and will need to produce her very best tennis here if she is to giver herself a chance to break new ground in Paris,

This will be the first career meeting between Williams and Kenin.

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Naomi Osaka vs. Katerina Siniakova, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇯🇵 (1) Naomi Osaka vs. 🇨🇿 Katerina Siniakova

Naomi Osaka continues her quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title with a third round clash against Katerina Siniakova at Roland Garros. Osaka has fought from a set and a break down in each of her opening matches in Paris and will be hoping for a more straightforward victory here as she aims to reach the second week at Roland Garros for the first time in her career.

Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Naomi Osaka looked down and out in both of her matches on route to the third round. Osaka overcame a terribly slow start to defeat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 0-6 7-6 6-1 in the opening round, Schmiedlova twice served for the match in the second set of that one but couldn’t get overt the line. In the second round Osaka came from a set and 2-4 down to beat Victoria Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3, Azarenka had break point to go up 5-2 in the second set of that match. In a way Osaka has been lucky to survive, she could have easily lost both matches but credit to her for staying there and fighting through some tough situations.

Katerina Siniakova is through to the third round at Roland Garros for the second year in a row, Siniakova has never gone beyond the third round at a Grand Slam so this is a big opportunity for the Czech. Siniakova started the event with a 6-1 7-6 win over Elena Rybakina before battling hard to secure a spot in the third round with a 3 hour 14 minute defeat of Maria Sakkari, a 7-6 6-7 6-3 victory. Siniakova did well to come through that match with Sakkari considering she squandered a few match points in the second set but rebounded well in the third set.

Osaka won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-4 6-0 victory over Katerina Siniakova in Doha.

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Sloane Stephens vs. Polona Hercog, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇺🇸 (7) Sloane Stephens vs. 🇸🇮 Polona Hercog

Sloane Stephens will be back in action on day 6 at Roland Garros where she meets Polona Hercog with a place in the fourth round up for grabs. Stephens has looked determined thus far in Paris, the 2018 runner-up is yet to a drop a set and will enter this third round clash as a strong favourite.

Sloane Stephens of the United States in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Sloane Stephens was challenged in each of her first couple of matches this tournament but was strong enough to get through in straight sets. Stephens started the event with a 6-3 7-6 win over Misaki Doi before defeating Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1 7-6. On each occasion Stephens was seemingly on track for a straight set win before having to overcome strong late resistance from her opponents. The sings are good that Stephens was focused enough to get through a few tough situations.

Polona Hercog is through to the third round of a Grand Slam for just the third time in her career, the second time at Roland Garros. Hercog is in some of the best form of her career at the moment having recently won her third career title in Lugano. Hercog started her Roland Garros campaign with an extremely hard-fought 4-6 6-2 8-6 victory against the 32nd seeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The Slovenian came through another long battle to secure a spot in the round of 32 as she beat Jennifer Brady 6-3 6-7 6-4. Hercog will need to take her game to another level if she is to get past Stephens, an opponent she has struggled against in the past.

Sloane Stephens holds a perfect 3-0 head-to-head record over Hercog, all 3 of those matches ended in straight sets, Stephens won the most recent match between the pair 6-2 7-6 in Madrid last month.

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Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇪🇸 (28) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova

An interesting third round match-up from Roland Garros on Friday sees Carla Suarez Navarro and Marketa Vondrousova go head-to-head for the first time. This match-up sees experience take on youth. Suarez Navarro has reached the second week in Paris on 5 previous occasions whilst Vondrousova is one of the brightest young prospects on tour and is in great form at the moment. Who will prevail?

Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Carla Suarez Navarro has struggled to find her best tennis for the majority of 2019 but may be peaking just at the right time. The Spaniard has consistently performed well in Paris over the years, she has now reached the third round in 7 of her last 8 visits to Roland Garros. Suarez Navarro started her 2019 campaign with a hard-fought 2-6 7-6 6-0 win over an in-form Dayana Yastremska. The 28th seed booked her spot in the third round by defeating Shelby Rogers 6-1 6-7 6-3 to set up a clash with Vondrousova.

Marketa Vondrousova has cruised through her first couple of matches in Paris. The 19-year-old started the event with a 6-4 6-3 win over Yafan Wang before defeating Anastasia Potapova 6-4 6-0. Vondrousova has won 19 of her last 24 matches, a streak that has seen her claim a few wins over grand slam champions Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko as well as multiple other wins over established top 30 players.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up unfolds as the pair do battle for the first time.

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