WTA FRENCH OPEN DAY 4 PREVIEW

by Karen 

Court
Player A
Player B
Spin’s Pick
Chartrier
Schmiedlova
Williams (V)
Williams (V)
Pironkova
Sharapova
Sharapova
Lenglen
Williams (S)
Muguruza
Williams (S)
Cornet
Townsend
Cornet
Court 1
Hantuchova
Feuerstein
Feuerstein
Radwanska
Pliskova
Radwanska (maybe an upset)
Court 2
Lepchenko
Kerber
Kerber
Meusberger
Stosur
Stosur
Court 3
Cibulkova
Paszek
Cibulkova
Barthel
Lisicki
Barthel
Court 5
Bacsinszky
Suarez-Navarro
Suarez-Navarro
Tomljanovic
Vesnina
Tomljanovic
Court 6
Pennetta
Larsson
Pennetta
Nicolescu
Ormachea
Nicolescu
Court 7
Georges
Bouchard
Bouchard
Parmentier
Shvedova
Parmentier
Spin’s Match to Watch
Some really great matches await us in the top half of the draw.  There are rumblings that the defending champion, Serena Williams could face a bit of a battle and some are even calling the upset in this round.  I like Muguruza and think that she has the game to trouble the top players, but this is not the top player who will have trouble with her game.  Muguruza played the elder Williams quite tough in Auckland earlier this year but at the end of the day experience won out and the same thing will happen here once again.  The younger Williams will prevail in straight sets.
The match that may just be intriguing though is the match between Julia Georges who seems to be on a bit of an upswing after having some extremely poor results that have seen her rankings hover in the 100 region.   Bouchard is confident after coming off her first WTA title and it will be interesting to see whether her good form will continue into this round.  Bouchard was clinical in her match against Peer in the first round and while Peer’s best days are now behind her, it will be interesting to see how Bouchard does against an opponent with some amount of weapons to withstand her game.
Ace’s Match to Watch
Varvara Lepchenko vs Angelique Kerber
In a match I thought would have been a three set battle, Lepchenko defeated Petra Cetkovska in two routine sets showing us why she likes to play on clay. Kerber won a straight forward match against Katarzyna Piter in the first round but coming to the French Open, she did not win a match on clay until last week in Nurnberg. With the events happening in the first 3 days, Kerber may join the list of upsets if she does not lift her game.
Odds and Ends
Li Na was the first top seed on the women’s side to exit Roland Garros.  Li lost in 3 sets to local Krista Mladenovic.  It was a wonderful display of all court tennis by Mladenovic, who became quite emotional after her win.   As has been pointed out before, Li has not been playing great tennis over the past few months and while there has been no word as to whether she is carrying an injury, it would seem as if there is something not quite right with her at this time. It could also be as she said that she had no idea what to do and did not follow the game plan that was set out for her.  Who knows.  It could also be that Li is just being her typical inconsistent self and if that is the reason, we are perhaps making much ado about nothing.
Madison Keys came back from being 1-5 down against Sara Errani in the first set, only to lose that set, but lost the match after taking the second set 6-3.  I did not see the match but Errani winning 6-1 in the third tells me that Keys maybe ran out of gas.

Simona Halep was clinical in her first match today, destroying Kleybanova in straight sets.  It was a master class performance by the No. 4 seed.  Pavlyenchkova got out of her own way long enough to register a win against Date-Krumm after being bagelled in the second set.   One can only hope that she can improve from here on in as her side of the draw has opened up quite nicely for a good run. 

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