Venus Williams vs Qiang Wang, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R1 Preview + Prediction
(10) ?? Venus Williams vs ?? Qiang Wang

Roland Garros has long been the least successful Grand Slam for Venus Williams. However, the veteran American continues to defy the odds, reaching her first Grand Slam final since 2009 earlier this year in Melbourne. That success will give Venus confidence heading into Paris, Venus was able to reach the second week in Paris last year and will be hoping to repeat that in 2017, Venus opens her 2017 Roland Garros campaign against Qiang Wang.

Venus Williams has been outstandingly consistent at the biggest events in 2017, after reaching the final at the first Grand Slam of the year Venus has gone on to reach at least the quarter-final stage in Indian Wells, Miami and most recently on the clay in Rome. It is no secret that clay is the American’s least preferred surface, it will be interesting to see if she can keep up her form at Roland Garros, a tournament she has struggled at in recent times.

Qiang Wang is having a very solid season, Wang has already won 19 tour level matches, which already breaks all previous years records. Wang has a good amount of wins on clay heading into Paris having made it through the qualifying draw in Madrid and Rome and also winning a couple of matches in the main draw.

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This will be the first ever meetings between Venus and Wang. Neither player is particularly comfortable on this surface but clearly Venus is far more experienced on the surface and is still capable of achieving great results. Venus has proven to be vulnerable early in Paris but I don’t think Wang has was it takes to take advantage of these vulnerabilities. Venus has too much firepower and experience.

Prediction: (10) Venus Williams to defeat Qiang Wang in 2 sets

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