Roland Garros, R2 Preview
🇦🇺 (24) Daria Gavrilova vs. 🇺🇸 Bernarda Pera
Daria Gavrilova and Bernarda Pera will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the second round stage in Paris on Thursday. Gavrilova and Pera will both be playing to reach the third round at Roland Garros for the first time, both will fancy their chances here as they enter this match on the back of solid opening round victories.
Daria Gavrilova secured her spot in the second round with a gutsy 4-6 7-6 6-3 win over Sorana Cirstea. Gavrilova looked destined for a quick exit when she trailed by a set and a break. The Aussie fought through a tough second set before again coming from a break down in the third set to earn a famous victory. It was a big win for Gavrilova who has generally underachieved at the Grand Slam level.
Bernarda Pera’s route to the second round was far more straightforward. The American cruised past Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-2, the victory was Pera’s first main draw victory at Roland Garros. Pera is in career best form in 2018, the American won her first matches at the Grand Slam level earlier this year as she reached the third round in Melbourne.
This should be a tight encounter between two players who enjoy playing on clay, who will prevail?