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?? (4) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? Viktoria Kuzmova
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.
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.