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Women’s French Open preview – Mark Swarbrick
Well what a day in the Ladies’ tournament where we lost defending champion Maria Sharapova and the current Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the round of 16 – unlike the Men’s draw this looks wide open with 6 of the top 8 seeds failing to reach the quarter finals.
Top of the list is number 1 seed, the evergreen Serena Williams (1/9) who faces the number 17 seed Italian Sara Errani (11/2) – for all the struggles Serena has come through so far in the draw she holds a 7-0 H2H and beat Errani in the semi final in 2013 for the loss of a single game – it would take a braver man than me to oppose the power of Serena here.
Completing the top half of the draw 23 seeded Swiss star Timea Bacsinszky (2/9) who faces the little known Belgium player Alison Van Uytvanck (16/5) who is ranked a lowly 93 in the world. The pair have never met on the WTA tour and the experience of Bacsinszky with 2 titles on the tour this year should see her through here.
Matches in the bottom half of the draw look on paper much more competitive, the opening one of which sees 7th seed Ana Ivanovic (4/9) take on Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (7/4). Ivanovic holds a 6-0 H2H including a straight sets victory here in the R64 in 2014, however Svitolina is improving all the time and I see this as a close 3 set match – albeit with Ivanovic edging the match.
The final match looks a coin flip on paper with 10/11 quoted on both Garbine Muguruza and Lucie Safarova – after watching Safarova out-power Sharapova today it’s got to be the Czech player for me to edge this one.
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