The French Open Women’s Singles tournament couldn’t have got off to a bigger start than yesterday when #1 seed Angelique Kerber was dumped out in straight sets by Ekaterina Makarova. With Day 2 upon us, I’ve tried to look for the more interesting games for my French Open tips and analysis.
French Open Tips: Lauren Davis v Carina Witthoeft
American #25 seed Lauren Davis takes on Carina Witthoeft in the third match on Court 5. Davis is at a career high ranking of 26 and will be looking to build on her form at the Rabat Open in Morocco which saw her reach the quarter-finals. Her opponent is 22 year old Carina Witthoeft, who is ranked 73rd in the world having reached the quarter-finals of the Nuernberger Cup last week.
Davis is definitely the player on the rise, winning her first tournament this year in Auckland. She’s 4-3 on clay this year so far and is probably the better player on this surface when you compare their past records. However, on the sole occasion they met before in 2015 Witthoeft emerged the winner.
French Open Tips: Varvara Lepchenko v Andrea Petkovic
The fourth match up on Court 4 is this clash between world #68 Varvara Lepchenko and world #79 Andrea Petkovic. The Uzbek-born American Lepchenko comes into this game on the back of somewhat iffy form on clay this season; on the one hand she reached the semi-finals in Rabat but on the other her win-loss record is a not-so impressive 5-5 including a round of 32 loss in Stuttgart and successive round of 16 losses in Rome and Nuremberg.
Bosnian-born German Petkovic hasn’t been great on clay either, losing round of 32 clashes in Istanbul, Rabat and Strasbourg to give her a 5-6 record on clay this season. They’ve not met before on any surface – and it’s no surprise the bookies have this one fairly even.
French Open Tips: Elena Vesnina v Beatrix Haddad Maia
The fourth match up on Court 6 sees 14 seed Elena Vesnina take on Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil. Vesnina is ranked #15 in the world and has one title this year from Indian Wells but her clay record is abysmal with three straight defeats in Madrid, Rome and Strasbourg contributing to a season clay record of 3-6.
World #101 Haddad Maia on the other hand got through three rounds of qualifiers to reach the Prague quarter-finals earlier this month to give her a 7-3 record (although five of those wins came in qualifiers). This will be a tough test for her in her first grand slam but against a player who prefers the faster courts she has a chance – and this is reflected by the bookies making her favourite.
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