Internationaux de Strasbourg, R2 Preview
?? (1) Ashleigh Barty vs. ?? Pauline Parmentier
An interesting second round clash in Strasbourg sees the top seeded Ash Barty take on in-form Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier for a spot in the quarter-finals. Barty has shown decent form over the last few weeks but has struggled to find wins amidst some brutal draws in Madrid and Rome. Strasbourg is a good opportunity for Barty to get the wins on the board before heading to Roland Garros.
Barty and Parmentier both came through close straight set matches in the opening round in Strasbourg. Barty claimed a 6-4 6-4 win over Luksika Kumkhum whilst Parmentier defeated Yafan Wang 6-4 7-6. Parmentier did well to end her match in straight sets after almost blowing several leads at the business end of the second set.
It should be noted that Parmentier is currently playing the best tennis she has played in a long time, the Frenchwoman is on a 6-match winning streak having won her first title in almost 10 years in Istanbul a few weeks ago. Parmentier will need to play her best if she is to get the better of Barty.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair.