Elina Svitolina vs. Viktoria Kuzmova, Roland Garros R2 Preview

Roland Garros, R2 Preview
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Elina Svitolina continues her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title on Wednesday where she comes up against Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova at the second round stage in Paris. Svitolina may be the tournament favourite but she suffered a big scare in her opening round match with Ajla Tomljanovic as she conceded a large early lead. Svitolina will be hoping for a quicker start here and a more comfortable victory against an inexperienced opponent.

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine in action during her first round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Svitolina was expected to cruise through her opening round match with Ajla Tomljanovic but the Ukrainian quickly found herself down 1-5 in the opening set. The 4th seed wasn’t fazed and kept plugging away, ultimately surviving set point and winning 6 games in a row in the opening set before cruising to victory in the second, a 7-5 6-3 win. Perhaps that opening round test will be just what Svitolina needs to find her a-game in Paris.

Viktoria Kuzmova is into the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career courtesy of a hard-fought 7-6 7-6 victory over Francesca Schiavone in the opening round. Kuzmova is a player on the rise, Kuzmova has won a couple of titles at the ITF level in 2018 and had a breakthrough run at a tour level event in a run to the semi-finals at Budapest earlier this year.

This will be the first career meeting between Svitolina and Kuzmova, Svitolina will enter this match as a huge favourite.

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