Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Oceane Dodin, Roland Garros R2 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R2 Preview + Prediction
(8) ?? Svetlana Kuznetsova vs ?? Oceane Dodin

Svetlana Kuznetsova continues her quest for a second Roland Garros title on Wednesday when she comes up against local hopeful, Oceane Dodin. Kuznetsova made a typically rocky start to her 2017 Roland Garros campaign, scrapping past Christina McHale in 2 tight sets. Kuznetsova should be on guard for her second round clash, Oceane Dodin has huge potential, big weapons that could punish Kuznetsova if she is off her game. With the French crowd behind her, could Dodin pull off a big upset?

Svetlana Kuznetsova looms as one of the major contenders to win the title in Paris. The Russian veteran has a superb record in Paris, having reached the quarter-finals on 7 previous occasions. Kuznetsova’s 2017 Roland Garros campaign got off to a slow start, Kuznetsova battled past Christina McHale 7-5 6-4 in a match that Kuznetsova was far from her best. There is a lot of pressure on Kuznetsova over the next few weeks, at this stage of her career Kuznetsova knows she will not get too many better opportunities to contend for a Grand Slam title than the opportunity that presents itself over the next fortnight in Paris.

Oceane Dodin claimed her first ever main draw win at Roland Garros on Sunday, blasting her way past Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3 in a battle between two of the biggest hitters on tour. Dodin is building up momentum and will enter this second round clash against Kuznetsova feeling like she has a decent chance. The Frenchwoman showed she is capable of beating to players in Madrid last month where she stunned Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets, a win that will give Dodin confidence coming up Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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This will be the first ever meeting between Kuznetsova and Dodin. I suspect this will be a good match-up for Kuznetsova. The Russian has no trouble absorbing and redirecting pace and will quickly workout ways to disrupt the rhythm of Dodin. Kuznetsova means business at the moment and will want to improve after a shaky first round match, I suspect Kuznetsova’s consistency and defensive skills will derail the game of Dodin, Kuznetsova for the win.

Prediction: (8) Svetlana Kuznetsova to defeat Oceane Dodin in 2 sets

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