Roland Garros, R2 Preview
?? Yulia Putintseva vs. ?? Jennifer Brady
The Draw has opened up nicely for Yulia Putintseva and Jennifer Brady, the pair will do battle for the first time when they meet at the second round stage at Roland Garros on Wednesday. The winner of the this match will face an unseeded opponent in the form of Petra Martic or Qiang Wang in the next round which means there is a great opportunity to reach the second week in Paris for these two.
Yulia Putintseva caused one of the big upsets on day one as she eliminated the 22nd seeded Johanna Konta in straight sets, a 6-4 6-3 victory. Putintseva played a smart match, doing what she needed to do against an opponent that struggled to find her range. Putintseva has a great record in Paris, the best result of her career was a quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros in 2016, clearly she plays with a lot of confidence here at the biggest tournament on her favourite surface.
Jennifer Brady advanced past the opening round of a Grand Slam for just the third time in her career courtesy of a comfortable 6-1 6-1 victory over Amandine Hesse on Sunday. The American was never troubled and did not face a break point at any stage in her win over the Frenchwoman, a good start to the tournament for Brady.
Brady is the slightly higher ranked player but Putintseva is far more accomplished on this surface, who will make the most of this opportunity?