Madison Keys vs Ashleigh Barty, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R1 Preview + Prediction
(12) ?? Madison Keys vs ?? Ashleigh Barty

An Intriguing first round clash at Roland Garros sees the 12th seeded Madison Keys come up against an in form Ashleigh Barty. Madison Keys has had an injury-interrupted start to the year and has been unable to find form in the lead up to the second Grand Slam of the year. Conversely, Ashleigh Barty is playing the best tennis of her career and continues to rise up the rankings, making for an intriguing contest in Paris.

Madison Keys arrives in Paris on a 4-match losing streak. Recently, Keys suffered first round loses in Madrid and Rome, three set loses on each occasion, beaten my Misaki Doi in Madrid and Daria Gavrilova in Rome. Keys has been extremely consistent at the Grand Slam level overt the last few years, the American has reached at least the fourth round in 5 of her last 6 Grand Slam campaigns. It will be interesting to see if Keys can quickly regroup and again perform well on the big stage.

Ashleigh Barty has made a very successful return to the WTA tour in 2017. Barty enters Roland Garros in good form after advancing through the qualifying draw to reach the quarter-finals in Strasbourg last week where she was beaten by Daria Gavrilova in a final set tiebreak. Barty has only ever won 1 main draw match at Roland Garros, that win was back in 2013.


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This will be the first career meeting between Keys and Barty. I suspect this should be a good match-up for Keys. Barty plays with a good amount of shape and power, her shots and probably going to sit up nicely and Keys and the American will have no problem dealing with the pace, sending it back with interest. Despite Keys recent troubles, I think she will have had enough preparation to be ready to raise her level for Roland Garros and will prove too strong for Barty on this occasion.

Prediction: (12) Madison Keys to defeat Ashleigh Barty in 2 sets

0 responses to “Madison Keys vs Ashleigh Barty, Roland Garros R1 Preview”

  1. keys has pointed to the french open as a kickstart to her season. i’ve heard that song and dance from her before and she always falls flat. she’s another media darling that gets overhype ever year. Barty will win in 3 guaranteed. i’ll be kind and give keys a set(maybe) but keys mental game is some of the worst stuff in wta. she has many huge chokes when having a huge lead in games. expect more of the same here.

  2. also to further my point, check keys twitter header “good vibe tribe” she changed it to that recently because she got so much HATE in social media from her numerous choke jobs.

    • I think Keys is mentally strong, her recent losses were to be expected as she was rusty but she will be ready to compete now.. Keys is the better player and if she is anywhere near her best she will win this match

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