???? Roland Garros, R2 Prediction
?? (15) Belinda Bencic vs. ?? Laura Siegemund
One of the most fascinating match-ups from Roland Garros on Wednesday sees the 15th seeded Belinda Bencic come up against Laura Siegemund with a spot in the third round up for grabs in Paris. Interestingly both Bencic and Siegemund have never reached the third round in Paris before so this is an important match for both, who will make the most of this opportunity to break new ground in Paris?
I’m going to go for the upset here and side with Siegemund. The major reason I’m leading towards the German is that she is simply more comfortable on clay. Siegemund’s preferred surface is clay whilst Bencic’s least preferred surface is clay. This is going to be a baseline scrap, whilst Bencic probably has extra firepower behind most of her shots, that is not really going to be a factor in this match-up given Siegemund’s defensive capability on the surface. I think Siegemund’s willingness to play with a lot of variety will give her the edge in this match-up.
There are signs that this will be a troublesome match-up for Bencic. Whilst the pair haven’t met at the tour level before, Bencic has struggled against Yulia Putintseva on a few occasions of late. Siegemund possess a similar threat with her variety from the baseline and defensive stubbornness. Siegemund’s point construction is more solid in this surface whilst Siegemund also has nothing to lose here and I think that bodes well for the German.