Roland Garros, R2 Preview
🇨🇿 (26) Barbora Strycova vs. 🇷🇺 Ekaterina Makarova
Barbora Strycova and Ekaterina Makarova will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage at Roland Garros on Wednesday. This looms as a fascinating encounter between two very experienced and accomplished opponents, both have struggled for the majority of 2018 and will see this a big opportunity to gain some much needed confidence.
Barbora Strycova arrived in Paris having lost 8 consecutive matches, a rare losing streak for the usually very consistent player. Strycova was seemingly heading for a 9th consecutive loss when she comfortably dropped the opening set of her first round match in Paris to Kurumi Nara but Strycova responded to claim a much needed 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory.
Like Strycova, Ekaterina Makarova brings poor form into the second Grand Slam of the year having not won a match on clay in 2018 at the tour level. However, the Russian was untroubled in her opening round match in Paris, comfortably beating the potentially dangerous Saisai Zheng 6-4 6-1.
It is Strycova who holds a 4-3 head-to-head record over Makarova. The most recent match between the pair took place earlier this year in Sydney, Strycova won easily 6-4 6-1.
Roland Garros has been the least successful Grand Slam for both Strycova and Makarova, clay is the least preferred surface for both. It will be interesting to see who steps up and takes control of this match.