Roland Garros, R1 Preview
?? (7) Caroline Garcia vs. ?? Ying-Ying Duan
The French number 1: Caroline Garcia opens her Roland Garros campaign against China’s Ying-Ying Duan. Garcia seemingly turned her career around at Roland Garros last year with a quarter-final showing, her best performance at a Grand Slam, she has not looked back since. 12 months later Garcia enters this years event as a genuine contender, the first time a French woman has been in this position for a while.
Garcia brings really good form into the second Grand Slam of the year. The 7th seed had a really good run to the semi-finals in Madrid where she beat quality opponents in Cibulkova, Martic, Goerges and Suarez Navarro before succumbing to Kiki Bertens. A week later Garcia reached the quarter-finals in Rome with wins over Babos and Stephens before succumbing to Simona Halep.
The form of Ying-Ying Duan heading into Paris is awful. Duan played a couple of lower level events in China of late and suffered early round exits. Clay is easily Duan’s least preferred surface, she plays very little tennis on this surface and will enter this tough opening round match with Garcia as a huge outsider and nothing to lose.
This will be the first career meeting between Garcia and Duan.