Anastasija Sevastova vs. Elise Mertens, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇱🇻 (12) Anastasija Sevastova vs. 🇧🇪 (20) Elise Mertens

Anastasija Sevastova and Elise Mertens will go head-to-head with a spot in the fourth round at Roland Garros up for grabs. Sevastova and Mertens are two of the most improved players over the last few years, both will see this as a big opportunity to reach the second week in Paris. Expect a close match between two fairly evenly matched opponents, who will step it up and make the most of this opportunity?

Elise Mertens of Belgium in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Anastasija Sevastova’s recent from hasn’t been great but she has done well to make the most of a favourable draw thus far at Roland Garros. Sevastova cruised through her first few matches in Paris against lowly opposition. Sevastova started the event with a 6-1 6-4 win over Luksika Kumkhum before defeating Mandy Minella 6-1 6-4. Sevastova will face her first real test of the tournament in her third round battle with Mertens.

Elise Mertens has also not been in the best from of late but has also done well to reach the third round stage in Paris. Mertens started her campaign with a tricky test against Tamara Zidansek, Mertens prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-2, a good win considering Zidansek was in form having reached the Nuremburg final last week. Mertens cruised into the third round with an easy 6-1 6-3 win over Diane Parry. Mertens will also face her toughest test in the next round.

The only previous match between the pair took place on grass in Mallorca back in 2017, Sevastova won that match 7-6 5-7 6-1.

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Elina Svitolina vs. Garbine Muguruza, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇺🇦 (9) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇪🇸 (19) Garbine Muguruza

A blockbuster third round clash from Roland Garros sees Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza renew hostilities. This is a heavyweight battle between two genuine contenders in Paris, a really tough test for both players this early in the tournament. Svitolina has had the better of this match-up of late, but it is Muguruza who seemingly heads into this match with momentum on her side, who will prevail?

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Elina Svitolina arrives in Paris in poor form and with niggling injury concerns. Svitolina put those concerns aside as she came through a potentially tricky opening round match-up against Venus Williams with relative ease, Svitolina prevailed 6-3 6-3. The 9th seed received a lucky break in the second round as her scheduled opponent Kateryna Kozlova withdrew from the match due to injury, handing Svitolina a walkover into the next round. In a rare anomaly Svitolina will have 4 days off between her first and third round matches, probably a blessing for Svitolina who came into the tournament with injury concerns.

Garbine Muguruza made a nervy start to the tournament as she was forced to come from a set down to defeat Taylor Townsend. Muguruza eventually recovered from a slow start to claim a 5-7 6-2 6-2 win over the American. The 2016 champion produced a far more consistent performance in the second round where she easily defeated Johanna Larsson 6-4 6-1 to set up a blockbuster clash with Svitolina, an opponent the Spaniard has struggled against in recent times.

Svitolina holds a 5-3 head-to-head record over Muguruza. Svitolina has won 4 of the last 5 completed matches between the pair, including a comfortable 6-1 6-2 victory in their most recent match in Dubai.

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Johanna Konta vs. Lauren Davis, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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🇬🇧 (26) Johanna Konta vs. 🇺🇸 (wc) Lauren Davis

Johanna Konta continues her Roland Garros campaign on Thursday with a second round clash against America’s Lauren Davis. A red-hot Konta finally broke her Roland Garros duck with an opening round win against Antonia Lottner and will be a fairly strong favourite in this match-up against the American wild card. However, Davis is also in good form at the moment, can the American cause an upset?

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

Konta is playing the best tennis of her career on clay. The British number 1 arrived in Paris fresh from a runner-up showing in Rome, her best ever result on a clay court. Konta also reached the final in Rabat earlier this year on clay, overall Konta boasts an impressive 11-3 win/loss record on the red dirt in 2019. Konta kick-started her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with a 6-4 6-4 win over Antonia Lottner, her first ever main draw win at Roland Garros in her fifth attempt.

Lauren Davis made the most of her main draw wild card in the opening round as she easily defeated Kristyna Pliskova 6-2 6-4. Davis went through her opening round match without dropping serve but it must be said that Pliskova offered little to no resistance, Davis will face a much tougher test against an in form Konta in the next round. Davis also brings good momentum into this match having arrives in Paris fresh from winning the ITF 100K event in Bonita Springs a few weeks ago.

Konta holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Davis, this will be their first ever meeting at the tour level.

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Karolina Pliskova vs. Kristina Kucova, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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🇨🇿 (2) Karolina Pliskova vs. 🇸🇰 (Q) Kristina Kucova

Karolina Pliskova continues her quest for maiden Grand Slam title on Wednesday with a second round clash against Slovakian qualifier Kristina Kucova. The second seed is one of the form players on tour at the moment having recently won the biggest clay court title of her career in Rome. Pliskova is a former semi-finalist in Paris and will be hoping to go a step further in 2019.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Karolina Pliskova made a strong start to her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with a straight set win over Madison Brengle. Pliskova was a class above her American opponent as she claimed a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory. Clay has traditionally been considered Pliskova’s worst surface but some of her best career results have come on clay, it will be interesting to see just how far Pliskova can go over the next fortnight.

Kristina Kucova has already played a heap of tennis in Paris. Kucova has won 4 matches having come through the qualifying draw, all of those matches were won in straight sets. Kucova booked her spot in the second round with an impressive 6-4 6-2 victory against Svetlana Kuznetsova. Despite a ranking of 203 in the world it is clear that Kucova is playing good tennis at the moment.

Pliskova holds a perfect 3-0 record over Kucova. The only tour level meeting between the pair took place in Tianjin in 2015, a very competitive match which Pliskova won 3-6 6-3 7-5. Can Kucova trouble Pliskova again?

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Sloane Stephens vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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🇺🇸 (7) Sloane Stephens vs. 🇪🇸 Sara Sorribes Tormo

Sloane Stephens continues her 2019 Roland Garros campaign on Wednesday with a potentially tricky clash against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo. Paris has been Sloane’s most consistent Grand Slam over her career, the American will be hoping to go one step better than her runner-up appearance last year as she takes aim at capturing a second major title.

Sloane Stephens of the United States during practice with Serena Williams at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Sloane Stephens was made to work surprisingly hard to come through her opening round match in Paris against Misaki Doi. Stephens overcame a second set slump to claim a 6-3 7-6 win over Doi in an hour and 33 minutes. Sloane’s form leading into this event has been typically erratic but one thing Sloane has generally managed to do throughout her career is peak at the majors which makes her one of the contenders this year at Roland Garros, especially given her strength on the red dirt.

Sara Sorribes Tormo advanced to the second round in Paris for the first time thanks to a 6-1 5-7 6-2 win over Alison Van Uytvanck. Sorribes Tormo’s win over Van Uytvanck was a big one, just her second main draw win at a Grand Slam and it was not against a pushover, Van Uytvanck is a former quarter-finalist in Paris. Sorribes Tormo is a gutsy competitor and will relish the opportunity of playing Stephens in Paris, a familiar foe.

Stephens and Sorribes Tormo know what to expect from each other heading into this clash. The pair went head-to-head in an epic scrap earlier this year on the green clay of Charleston, Stephens won 7-6 7-6 in a match that lasted over 2 and a half hours. Stephens will be hoping to make lighter work of the Spaniard on this occasion, can she do it?

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Belinda Bencic vs. Laura Siegemund, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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🇨🇭 (15) Belinda Bencic vs. 🇩🇪 Laura Siegemund

An intriguing second round clash from Roland Garros on Wednesday sees the 15th seeded Belinda Bencic take on Germany’s Laura Siegemund. Bencic brings great form into the second Grand Slam of the year but is yet to prove herself on the Parisian clay, Bencic will face a stern challenge of her clay court credentials here against a very troublesome opponent on the red dirt.

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Belinda Bencic kick-started her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory over Jessika Ponchet. Roland Garros has historically been Bencic’s least successful Grand Slam event, Bencic has only won the 3 main draw matches in Paris and has never progressed beyond the second round, easily her worst record at a Grand Slam. Bencic’s hopes will be higher in Paris this year after some great results on clay heading into the event. Bencic notably made the semi-finals in Madrid earlier this month and also reached the quarter-finals in Charleston earlier this year.

Laura Siegemund also arrives in Paris with a poor record at Roland Garros to her name. Clay is easily Siegemund’s favourite surface so it is very surprising that the German entered this event having never won a main draw match in Paris. Siegemund finally broke her duck in Paris with a straightforward 6-3 6-3 win over Sofya Zhuk but will face a much tougher test against the 15th seed in the next round.

This will be the first tour level meeting between Bencic and Siegemund, two feisty competitors with a point to prove in Paris, who will prevail?

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Garbine Muguruza vs. Johanna Larsson, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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🇪🇸 (19) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇸🇪 Johanna Larsson

Garbine Muguruza made a shaky start to her 2019 Roland Garros campaign on Sunday and will be looking for a more straightforward victory on Wednesday when she takes on Sweden’s Johanna Larsson in the second round.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Muguruza was forced to fight from a set down to defeat Taylor Townsend in her opening round match in Paris. Muguruza played a messy first set but steadied to claim a 5-7 6-2 6-2 victory. The 2016 Roland Garros champion has consistently performed well at this event and despite poor recent form she is always a threat at this tournament.

Johanna Larson booked a second round showdown with the 19th seed thanks to an important 6-3 6-4 win over Magdalena Rybarikova. Every victory at this level is big for Larsson at this stage of her career, she will enter her second round clash against Muguruza with nothing to lose and a lot to prove.

This will be the first career meeting between Muguruza and Larsson

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Elina Svitolina vs. Kateryna Kozlova, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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🇺🇦 (9) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇺🇦 Kateryna Kozlova

Elina Svitolina continues her quest for a maiden major title on Wednesday with a second round clash against Kateryna Kozlova in Paris. Svitolina navigated here way through a tough opening round match-up with Venus Williams and can now get her teeth stuck into the tournament with a win over her compatriot.

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Elina Svitolina made an impressive start to her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with a 6-3 6-3 win over Venus Williams. Svitolina played with a great mix of attack and defense to fairly comfortably move through what loomed as a very dangerous opening round match-up. There was an injury cloud looming over Svitolina heading into the event but she seems to have gotten over any problems for the moment.

Kateryna Kozlova progressed to the second round in Paris for just the second time in her career courtesy of a 6-2 7-6 upset win over Bernarda Pera. Kozlova’s win over Pera was just her fourth ever win in a Grand Slam main draw, now she gets a chance against her nations number 1.

This will be the first tour level meeting between the Ukrainian pair. Svitolina has beaten Kozlova twice before, both were on the ITF circuit over 5 years ago.

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Aryna Sabalenka vs. Dominika Cibulkova, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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🇧🇾 (11) Aryna Sabalenka vs. 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova

A blockbuster opening round match-up at Roland Garros sees the 11th seeded Aryna Sabalenka comes up against the always-dangerous Dominika Cibulkova. This is arguably the toughest opening round match-up in the draw, a match-up that one could expect to see in the second week of a Grand Slam rather than the opening round. Sabalenka and Cibulkova are both fierce competitors and will relish the early challenge, who will prevail?

Aryna Sabalenka arrives in Paris on the back of a solid run to the semi-finals in Strasbourg last week. Sabalenka entered Strasbourg in desperate need of wins given she had lost back-to-back opening round matches in Madrid and Rome. Sabalenka claimed a couple of commanding wins in Strasbourg before succumbing to Dayana Yastremska in straight sets. Whilst Sabalenka enters Roland Garros as the number 11 seed, she is very inexperienced at the event, she has never won a main draw match in Paris and this will be just her second main draw appearance at Roland Garros.

Conversely, Dominika Cibulkova is very experienced in Paris. Cibulkova made it to the semi-finals in Paris all the way back in 2009 and has won 21 matches at the tournament over the years. Cibulkova’s form in 2019 has not been great but she often finds a way to raise her level for the majors. Cibulkova has reached the final 8 at a Grand Slam on 8 occasions and has frequently claimed upset wins early in majors. Will Sabalenka be her next victim?

It was Sabalenka who won the only previous match between the pair, a 7-5 6-3 win at the quarter-final stage in Wuhan last year.

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Sloane Stephens vs. Misaki Doi, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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🇺🇸 (7) Sloane Stephens vs. 🇯🇵 Misaki Doi

2018 runner-up Sloane Stephens starts her 2019 Roland Garros campaign against Japan’s Misaki Doi. Stephens arrives in Paris in mediocre form but that is frequently the case for Sloane heading into a major, she certainly has the ability to flick the switch and play her best when it matters, plus Paris has been her most consistent major over the years. Stephens looms as one of the main contenders.

Sloane Stephens of the United States during practice at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Stephens did receive a confidence boost in a semi-final showing at the Mutua Madrid Open earlier this month. Stephens beat a couple of quality opponents on route to the final 4 before succumbing to the eventual champion Kiki Bertens in straight sets. Most recently Stephens suffered an opening round loss to Johanna Konta in Rome. Stephens has won more matches in Paris than any other Grand Slam, a runner-up last year, the goal for Stephens will be to go one step further in 2019.

Misaki Doi’s record in Paris is not so good. Doi has only ever won the 1 main draw match at Roland Garros from 6 appearances. The odds are stacked against Doi who brings poor from into the event. Doi has not won a match on clay this year and arrives in Paris fresh from an opening round loss in Nuremburg last week at the hands of Tamara Zidansek. Winning is something Doi has really struggled to do over the last few years.

This will be the first career meeting between Stephens and Doi, will the result be as one-sided as the odds suggest?

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