Internationaux de Strasbourg R1 Preview
?? Yafan Wang vs. ?? Pauline Parmentier
Pauline Parmentier returns to action in Strasbourg for the first time since her stunning triumph in Istanbul, the Frenchwoman will come up against China’s Yafan Wang in the opening round. Parmentier made a very poor start to 2018 and her career was seemingly coming to an end, however hard work really paid off for the 32-year-old a few weeks ago when she won her first title in almost 10 years by winning the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup.
Yafan Wang has had an interesting couple of months. Wang has little experience of clay and her recent results on the surface are not very impressive. Wang played in the 125K event in Anning where she scrapped past a couple of far lower ranked players before succumbing to Xinyun Han. More recently Wang was beaten by Aleksandra Krunic in straight sets in the first round of qualifying in Rome last week.
The only previous match between the pair took place in Taipei earlier this year, it was Wang who claimed a fairly comfortable 6-3 6-3 victory. Circumstances heading into this Strasbourg match are very different, Parmentier seemingly has a much better chance at victory on this occasion.