Day three begins at Roland Garros today with Men’s World #1 Andy Murray still waiting to get his campaign under way after darkness led to the early suspension of play last night. Last year’s Women’s champion Garbine Mugurza easily reached the second round defeating the 2010 champion Francesca Sciavone in straight sets. I’ve taken a look at two of the more interesting games on Day three for my French Open tips and analysis.
French Open tips: Sam Querrey v Hyeon Chung
29 year old #27 seed Sam Querrey takes on South Korean Hyeon Chung in their first round tie at Roland Garros. Querrey comes into the tie with a 5-3 record on clay this season having reached the quarter-finals in the Geneva open last week and the quarter-finals of the US Clay Court Championship in Houston in April.
Chung, who is ranked 67 in the world, won through the qualifiers of the Barcelona Open to reach the quarter-finals and made the semi-finals of the BMW Open in Munich at the start of May.
This is a tough one to call; they’ve never met before and while Querrey is the more experienced player the difference between them isn’t great – as is reflected in the odds. I do think experience will win out and my French Open tips for this match are Sam Querrey to win at 1.73.
French Open tips: Ashleigh Barty v Madison Keys
21 year old Australian Ashleigh Barty faces #12 seed Madison Keys in the second match on Court two. Barty comes into the tie on decent form on clay, having reached the quarter-finals in Strasbourg as a qualifier. Her record on clay is a fairly impressive 5-2 and it’ll be interesting to see if she can take that into this game with Keys.
Keys has lost all three of her games on clay this season, going out in the first round in Rome and Madrid in three sets to Daria Gavrilova and Misaki Doi respectively. The 22 year old is ranked 13 in the world and will be looking to improve on her record at Roland Garros having only reached the fourth round once in four attempts.
Keys is the marginal favourite here – and with Barty having never got past the second round at Roland Garros I’m tempted to go with the American despite her lousy clay form. However, I think Barty could do this and I’m going with her as my French Open tips at 1.95.
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