?? Roland Garros, R3 Preview
?? Yulia Putintseva vs. ?? Qiang Wang
A huge opportunity presents itself to Yulia Putintseva and Qiang Wang when the pair meet at the third round stage at Roland Garros on Friday. This is rare territory for Putintseva and Wang, Putintseva will be aiming to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the second time whilst Wang will be playing to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the very first time. Who will step up an make the most of this opportunity?
Roland Garros is proving to be a happy hunting ground for Yulia Putintseva yet again. Putintseva had the best tournament of her career in Paris in 2016 when she reached the quarter-final stage in what was the only time Putintseva has reached the second week of a Grand Slam. The Kazakh is now in a great position to emulate that run after comfortable straight set wins over Johanna Konta and Jennifer Brady in the first two rounds. The draw is open for Yulia to again reach the final 8 in Paris.
Qiang Wang has already broken new ground in Paris. Wang is into the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time, surprisingly it has happened in Paris on her least preferred surface. Wang has claimed two big upset wins to reach the third round, a 6-4 7-5 win over the 9th seeded Venus Williams before crushing Petra Martic 6-1 6-1 in what was very surprisingly one-sided match.
This will be the first career meeting between Putintseva and Wang. Both will see this as a very winnable match, a big opportunity to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros, Who wins?