Roland Garros, R1 Preview
?? (32) Alize Cornet vs. ?? Sara Errani
Alize Cornet and Sara Errani will renew hostilities when they meet at the opening round stage at Roland Garros on Sunday. This is a bit of a grudge match-up, two fierce competitors that don’t particularly like each other. Expect a long, tough battle between these two. Will the Frenchwoman prevail in Paris or will the Italian workhorse be too strong?
Alize Cornet has a long, long history in Paris. For so long Cornet has been the leader of French hopes on the women’s side but that is no longer the case with Garcia and Mladenovic moving past Cornet in the French pecking order. Cornet’s form in the lead-up to Roland Garros has been poor, Cornet was beaten in the opening round in Madrid, albeit a very tough draw against Svitolina and was unable to compete in Rome or Strasbourg. Prior to that Cornet suffered early round losses in Lugano and Stuttgart.
Sara Errani, a former finalist in Paris arrives at this years event with very little expectation. Errani may not be the player that she once was but she still has her competitive edge and desire to chase down every ball. Like Cornet, Errani’s recent form is not great. Most recently Errani suffered an opening round exit in Rome at the hands of Timea Babos and the Italian has a modest 5-5 record in main draw matches on clay in 2018.
Errani holds a 4-3 H2H advantage over Cornet. However, it is the Frenchwoman who has won the last couple of matches between the pair, most recently a 6-3 6-4 win in Rome last year.