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?? (4) Kiki Bertens vs. ?? Pauline Parmentier
Kiki Bertens is one of the in form players heading into Roland Garros 2019, the newly crowned member of the top 5 begins her Paris campaign against Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier. Bertens won the biggest tile of her career in Madrid a few weeks ago and is arguably the second favourite behind Simona Halep heading into this event, the expectations have never been higher for Bertens heading into a major.
Kiki Bertens has proven herself in Paris before, a former semi-finalist, Bertens will be hoping to go one step further in 2019 to reach her first Grand Slam final. Bertens is the form player on tour on the red dirt, Bertens reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart, won Madrid and reached the semi-finals in Rome all in the last month and a bit. Clay has always been the Dutchwoman’s best surface, she is extremely tough to break down due to her very complete game on the surface.
Pauline Parmentier also enjoys a relatively good record in Paris. Parmentier’s home slam has always been her most successful and she has enjoyed some rare success at this level in recent years with a couple of third round appearances. However, Parmentier’s recent form is not flash, she has lost 5 of her 6 matches in the lead-up to Paris on clay. The good news for Parmentier is her strong record against Bertens.
Parmentier has surprisingly won all 3 of the previous matches between the pair. The most recent match between the two took place in Monterrey back in 2016, Parmentier won that match in 3 sets. Bertens has made gigantic improvements since their last match and this will be their first career meeting on clay.