Caroline Garcia vs Alize Cornet, Roland Garros R4 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R4 Preview + Prediction
(28) ?? Caroline Garcia vs ?? Alize Cornet

Compatriots and former Fed Cup teammates Caroline Garcia and Alize Cornet will square off for a place in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros on Monday. This is huge opportunity for both ladies, both will be aiming to reach the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam for the very first time. This will be the first tour level match between the two, interestingly there is a tense undertone heading into this as Garcia and Cornet recently had a falling out and are not on speaking terms, this is sure to be a fiery, passionate affair between two ladies aiming for the biggest result of their respective careers.

Garcia and Cornet took very different routes to the fourth round. Cornet with a clinical 6-1 6-1 win over Agnieszka Radwanska whilst Garcia laboured to a 6-4 4-6 8-6 win over Su-Wei Hsieh. Cornet has clearly had the tougher draw having already beaten Babos, Strycova and Radwanska, conversely Garcia has not come up against an opponent in the top 75. Nevertheless, I suspect this will be a good match-up for Caroline Garcia.

There is a pretty big contrast in styles between these two. Garcia clearly has more firepower and flare but Cornet has the better movement and defensive skills. I will side with the more aggressive player in a match-up like this with so much to play for, if Garcia plays a tactically smart match then she will be too strong for Cornet, Garcia has good movement and can deal with Cornet drop shots, this match is on Garcia’s racquet and I think she will be good enough to eventually get through.

Prediction: Caroline Garcia to defeat Alize Cornet in 3 sets


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