??? Roland Garros, R2 preview + prediction:
?? (7) Petra Kvitova vs. ?? Jasmine Paolini
Petra Kvitova continues her 2020 Roland Garros campaign with a second round clash with Italy’s Jasmine Paolini. Kvitova made a promising start to the tournament and enters this clash as a strong favourite in what will be the first career meeting between the pair.
Kvitova produced a strong serving performance to defeat Oceane Dodin 6-3 7-5 in her opening round match in Paris. Kvitova served 8 aces and won 86% of first service points in her victory over Dodin. Roland Garros has been Kvitova’s least successful major, the 2-time Wimbledon champion hasn’t reached the second week in Paris since 2015 but has a decent chance to change that in 2020.
Paolini moved into the second round at Roland Garros with a 6-4 6-3 win over Aliona Bolsova, her first ever main draw win at a major. Paolini has been playing some decent tennis on the red dirt over the last few months, the Italian plays her best tennis on clay so it’s no surprise to see her first major win come in Paris.
I’m going to side with Kvitova here, but this has the potential to be closer than the odds suggest. Kvitova is the far better player, but clay is Kvitova’s least preferred surface and clay is Paolini’s best surface, this levels things up somewhat. Paolini should be able to get into enough extended rallies to make this close, but ultimately the far superior serving, stronger baseline game and greater experience of Kvitova should see her through.
Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Jasmine Paolini in 3 sets