Internationaux de Strasbourg, R2 Preview
?? (8) Su-Wei Hsieh vs. ?? (wc) Lucie Safarova
Su-Wei Hsieh and Lucie Safarova will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage in Strasbourg on Wednesday. It is Safarova who has won all four of the previous matches between the pair but it is Hsieh who is having the better season. Hsieh is playing some of her best tennis at the moment whilst Safarova is playing in her first tournament in about 3 months. This looks like Hsieh’s best chance to beat Safarova.
The 8th seeded Hsieh started her Strasbourg campaign with a gutsy 2-6 7-5 6-2 win over Kaia Kanepi. Hsieh looked down and out when she trailed by a set and a break midway through the second set but Kanepi had issues with her back and her level quickly deteriorated, Hsieh was good enough to take advantage.
In her first match since Dubai earlier this year, Safarova claimed a 6-2 4-6 6-3 win over Marina Melinkova. This is only the 5th tournament of the year for Safarova as she suffered yet another stint on the side-lines due to a nasty viral illness. It is important for Safarova to gain some momentum this week in Strasbourg before heading to Roland Garros where she is a former finalist.
Safarova has a perfect 4-0 H2H record over Hsieh, their most recent match was their closest. A 1-6 6-3 7-6 win for Safarova on the grass of Nottingham last year. Hsieh will fancy her chances here against a rusty Safarova, can she pull off the upset?