Roland Garros, R3 Prediction
🇩🇪 (11) Julia Goerges vs. 🇺🇸 Serena Williams
This is a fascinating match. Serena has certainly not been at her best during her first few matches in Paris but her trademark fighting spirit and next level intensity has got her through. The question is, will that be enough to get past the 11th seeded Julia Goerges? I think not.
I’m going to side with Goerges here. Unlike Serena’s first two opponent this week, I think Goerges has the game and more importantly the mentality to eliminate Serena. Goerges has been threatening to cause some major damage on the biggest stages for a while and this is her time, it’s time for her to step up and claim a big scalp on the biggest stage.
Serena’s movement is certainly not where it needs to be to contend for the title. I think Goerges can expose this major weakness in the Williams game. Goerges is great at redirecting pace and can effectively take the ball up the line or go cross court on both side. Goerges has the firepower to match that of Serena whilst it is the German who is the better mover around the court and is more match hardened heading into this clash.
Much of this match will be played between the ears, If Goerges can maintain her composure, I think she wins this. I get the feeling this is the German’s time.