Alize Cornet vs Barbora Strycova, Roland Garros R2 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R2 Preview + Prediction
?? Alize Cornet vs (20) ?? Barbora Strycova

A fascinating second round clash in Paris sees crowd favourite Alize Cornet come up against the feisty 20th seeded Barbora Strycova. This promises to be a tight battle between two fierce competitors that give very little away, except a lot of long, entertaining rallies in this one. Interestingly, Cornet has a fairly dominant head-to-head record over Strycova (5-2), but Strycova has generally played the better tennis of late, a clay court will suit Cornet in this match-up. This looks like an exciting match…

Alize Cornet started her 2017 Roland Garros campaign with a typically dramatic win. Cornet led Babos by a set and 5-3 but somehow lost her grip on the match as Babos pushed the match into a decider. Cornet regained her composure and quickly took control of the deciding set as she won 6-2 6-7 6-2. Another dramatic clash is almost guaranteed when Cornet comes up against Strycova in the second round.

Barbora Strycova had a much simpler opening round match in Paris. Strycova cruised past Alison Riske, claiming a comprehensive 6-3 6-0 victory. Strycova has a very poor record in Paris, 2016 marked the first year Strycova had advanced beyond the first round at Roland Garros since 2004. Strycova is now into the second round in Paris for a second year and will look to equal her best ever showing by beating Cornet and advancing to the third round.

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Alize Cornet holds a 5-2 head-to-head record over Barbora Strycova. Cornet won the first five matches between the pair, but more recently Strycova won their last two, the most recent match between the pair was late last year in a crucial Fed Cup cupper tie in the final. Strycova won that match 6-2 7-6.

Strycova has generally played at a higher level than Cornet throughout the year, but that counts for little here. Cornet always rises to the occasion in Paris and I think she will cause the upset here. There is very little to separate these two, they play very similarly in most ways. Cornet is more comfortable on a clay court, her game adapts better to the surface than Strycova does, Cornet will be urged on by a vocal Parisian crowd and seemingly has a slight edge here.

Prediction: Alize Cornet to defeat (20) Barbora Strycova in 3 sets

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