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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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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