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?? (4) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? (31) Mihaela Buzarnescu
Elina Svitolina continues her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title on Friday where she comes up against the 31st seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu at the third round stage at Roland Garros. Buzarnescu looms as a significant test for Svitolina, Buzarnescu cruised through her first few matches in Paris and has been in good form of late, can the Romanian cause a big upset?
Elina Svitolina remains the favourite to win the tournament. The Ukrainian is on a 7-match winning streak having won the title in Rome prior to arriving in Paris, Svitolina has actually won 10 consecutive sets and is looking extremely solid at the moment. The 4th seed started her Roland Garros campaign with a couple of hard-fought victories, 7-5 6-3 over Ajla Tomljanovic and 6-3 6-4 over Viktoria Kuzmova. Svitolina raised her level at the end of each set, her composure and consistency under pressure is the hallmark of her game at the moment.
Mihaela Buzarnescu is into the third round of a Grand Slam for the very first time. At the age of 30 Buzarnescu is reaching career highs at the moment. This is the first time Buzarnescu is seeded at a Grand Slam, it was only last year at the U.S Open that she made her main draw debut at a Grand Slam. The Romanian has easily progressed through her first few matches in Paris, 6-3 6-3 over Vania King and 6-1 6-2 over Rebecca Peterson.
This will be the first career meeting between Svitolina and Buzarnescu.