Samantha Stosur vs Kristina Kucova, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R1 Preview + Prediction
(23) ?? Samantha Stosur vs ?? Kristina Kucova

Samantha Stosur is another big contender heading into Roland Garros 2017. The former runner-up has always excelled in Paris, reaching at least the semi-final stage on four previous occasions. Stosur arrives in Paris on the back of a much-needed confidence boost in Strasbourg where she defeated Daria Gavrilova in three sets to win the title. Stosur has the ability to compete with anyone of this surface and should get her campaign off to a good start when she meets Kristina Kucova in the first round on Monday in Paris.

Sam Stosur almost always plays her best tennis at this time of the year. Stosur showed last year in Paris that she can still contend for Grand Slam titles as she reached the semi-final stage where she succumbed to eventual champion Garbine Muguruza. Stosur arrives in Paris fresh off a good week in Strasbourg where she beat the likes of Carla Suarez Navarro, Peng Shuai and finally Daria Gavrilova to win the title. If Stosur can bring her best tennis to Paris, another deep run is a big possibility.

Kristina Kucova is in poor form having lost 7 of her last 9 matches, including 3 straight first round defeats on clay in the lead-up to Paris.

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This will be the first career meetings between Stosur and Kucova. Stosur should cruise through this opener, the Aussie is superior in every way, especially on this surface. Stosur should not be rusty heading into this match given her great week in Strasbourg so there are no excuses for the Aussie here. I expect Sam to win this comfortably and push on to have another good run in Paris.

Prediction: (23) Samantha Stosur to defeat Kristina Kucova in 2 sets

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