Kiki Bertens vs Ajla Tomljanovic, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R1 Preview + Prediction
(18) ?? Kiki Bertens vs ?? Ajla Tomljanovic

Kiki Bertens looms as a dark horse heading into Roland Garros 2017. Bertens made her big breakthrough at the event last year when she reached the semi-finals of the tournament, Bertens arrives in Paris on a high after winning the title in Nuremburg. Bertens takes on Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round in Paris, a potentially dangerous first round opponent for Bertens.

Kiki Bertens is in great form ahead of Roland Garros. Bertens reached the quarter-finals in Madrid, the semi-finals in Rome and just won the title in Nuremburg, great clay court form heading into the second Grand Slam of the year. Bertens is always most at home on clay with her powerful groundstrokes, the slower surface giving her more time to setup and punish from the baseline. It will be interesting to see how Bertens handle the pressure of defanging semi-final points.

Ajla Tomljanovic is still at the very early stages of her comeback from injury. The Aussie has actually done pretty well in her return to tour, winning some good matches, including wins over Eugenie Bouchard in Acapulco and Elena Vesnina Miami. Tomljanovic played just one event on clay prior to Paris, ending in a first round loss to Kristen Flipkens in Nuremburg.

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This will be the first career meeting between Bertens and Tomljanovic, Bertens has a clear edge in form and preparation. It’s hard to know where Tomljanovic is at in her comeback but regardless, Bertens should be too good here. Bertens is in fantastic form and is very consistent, should be far too strong here.

Prediction: Kiki Bertens to defeat Ajla Tomljanovic in 2 sets

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