Roland Garros, R1 Prediction
?? (12) Angelique Kerber vs. ?? Mona Barthel
I think Barthel is a decent chance to cause an upset here. Clay is clearly Kerber’s least preferred surface, she has made no secret that she does not enjoy this surface. Conversely Barthel is strong on clay and performed well in Nuremburg last week where she pushed Kiki Bertens all the way in a long 3 set match. Barthel has beaten Kerber twice in the past so she will not be intimidated at all heading into this match. There is pressure on Kerber to win this match, a third consecutive opening round loss in Paris would be disastrous and we know Kerber is vulnerable early in events. Nevertheless, I think Kerber is more likely than not to pull through here.