🇫🇷🐌 Roland Garros, R2 preview + prediction:
🇺🇸 Cori Gauff vs. 🇮🇹 (Q) Martina Trevisan
Cori Gauff will be back in action on Wednesday with a second round clash against Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan. Gauff claimed a big scalp in the opening round in Paris when she eliminated the 9th seeded Johanna Konta in the opening round, a straight set win for the 16-year-old over the Brit means she is the favourite heading into this clash.
Gauff and Trevisan are both making their Roland Garros main draw debut this week, this will also be the first career meeting between the pair, a big opportunity for both to reach the third round in Paris.
Gauff, a former junior champion at Roland Garros claimed one of the most notable opening round victories in the women’s draw. Gauff was too solid for an errant Johanna Konta, claiming a 6-3 6-3 victory. Despite serving 12 double faults Gauff was only broken on 2 occasions by Konta. Gauff’s baseline game got her the win. An improved serving performance will be required from the American who will be unlikely to get away with similarly poor serving very often.
At 26 years of age, Trevisan is through to the second round of a major for the first time. The Italian booked her spot in the second round when Camila Giorgi retired early in the second set of their first round clash, Trevisan held a commanding 7-5 3-0 lead before Giorgi’s retirement. Trevisan made her way through a tough qualifying draw in Paris where she claimed wins over Sachia Vickery, Asia Muhammad and Astra Sharma.
I’m going for the upset here and siding with the Italian qualifier. Gauff’s serve is a huge problem at the moment, surprisingly she wasn’t punished by Konta but Trevisan won’t make the same mistake. Trevisan is a solid clay court player, match-tough having already won 4 matches over the last week in Paris. This looks like a match-up where the inconsistency’s in the Gauff game can be exposed in a match-up where all the pressure is on the American, a situation the 16-year-old isn’t used to on this stage.
Prediction: Martina Trevisan to defeat Cori Gauff in 3 sets