??? Roland Garros, R2 preview + prediction:
?? Caroline Garcia vs. ?? Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Caroline Garcia was one of the big winners on day 1 in Paris when she claimed an upset win over the 17th seeded Anett Kontaveit. Garcia will be back in action on day 4 when she comes up against Aliaksandra Sasnovich with a spot in the round of 32 up for grabs. Garcia has won 3 of the previous meetings between the pair and will enter this clash as the favourite.
Roland Garros has been Caroline Garcia’s most successful major, a quarter-finalist in 2017 (her best result at a major) and a fourth round appearance in 2018. Garcia was a big underdog heading into her opening round match but defied the odds to claim a 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory over the 17th seeded Anett Kontaveit. Garcia has now illustrated her danger on the big stage a couple of times since the tour restart, she Frenchwoman eliminated the top seeded Karolina Pliskova at the US Open earlier this month, a danger to any opponent on any surface when she is on top of her game.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich moved into the second round in Paris courtesy of a 6-2 2-6 6-3 victory against Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam. Sasnovich will be hoping it’s third time lucky as she aims to reach the round of 32 for the first time in her third appearance in the second round. Clay has traditionally been Sasnovich’s least successful surface, her flat game-style is better suited to a quick surface.
Garcia holds a 3-0 head-to-head record over Sasnovich. The last couple of meetings between the pair were close 3 set matches, both in 2018, 6-3 5-7 6-2 at the Australian Open, followed by a 6-7 6-2 6-4 victory in New Haven. All 3 of their previous meetings were on a hard court with Garcia also beating the Belarusian in straight sets in Tokyo in 2017.
I will side with Garcia here. Garcia looked strong in her opening round win over Kontaveit. This is a match Garcia should be winning. The Frenchwoman clearly has what it takes in this match-up having won all 3 of their previous meetings, her advantage should be amplified on clay. Garcia has all the weapons to play great on clay, whilst Sasnovich’s game is better suited to quick surfaces. Garcia’s superior firepower and greater versatility give her the clear edge here.
Prediction: Caroline Garcia to defeat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in 2 sets