Samantha Stosur vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Roland Garros R3 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R3 Preview + Prediction
(23) ?? Samantha Stosur vs (Q) ?? Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Samantha Stosur’s section of the draw has really opened up. The former runner-up will not have to face a seeded opponent until at least the quarter-final stage in Paris. Stosur comes up against American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round at Roland Garros on Friday. Stosur is on a 7-match winning streak after winning the title in Strasbourg last week whilst Mattek-Sands also enters this match in great form having won 5 matches in a row in Paris, most recently an upset win over Petra Kvitova.

Sam Stosur made it all the way to the semi-finals in Paris in 2016 and a similar deep run seems achievable in 2017. Stosur has accounted for her first two opponents in straight sets, defeating Kristina Kucova 7-5 6-1 and Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 7-6. Stosur is clearly playing with confidence at the moment after a title run in Strasbourg last week, the Australian was solid under extreme pressure late in her match against Flipkens, the type of match that Stosur would be dragged into a third set when her belief is low, a good sign for Stosur moving forward over the next few weeks.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands is into the third round in Paris for the third time in her career. It has already been a great event for the American who was forced to qualify for the main draw. After dropping her opening set in qualifiers, Mattek-Sands has gone on to win four consecutive straight set matches, in the main draw Mattek-Sands beat Evgeniya Rodina 7-5 6-2 before her best result came in the second round as she defeat Petra Kvitova 7-6 7-6. Bethanie’s win over Kvitova was one of her best wins in recent times, a win that will give her great confidence that her game is still able to test the best.

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Sam Stosur won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-4 6-7 6-2 win at Wimbledon way back in 2009.

Stosur should have the edge in this match. Mattek-Sands will look to rush Stosur but achieving this goal on a clay court will be extremely difficult. Stosur’s heavy topspin should trouble Mattek-Sands on this surface, it will be tough for Mattek-Sands to execute her game. I expect a confident Stosur to be far too strong for Mattek-Sands here, Stosur is in great form and the conditions suit her perfectly in this match-up.

Prediction: (23) Samantha Stosur to defeat Bethanie (Q) Mattek-Sands in 2 sets

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