French Open Day 4, Women’s R2 Match Previews: Makarova v Pereira, Muguruza v Giorgi

I just got back from two GREAT days at Roland Garros… I have soooo much to share! I’ll be posting plenty of photos, reviews of matches and of the general Roland Garros experience over the next week so please stay tuned! I plan to get back to previewing matches although please bear with me as I attempt to catch up on everything! I’ll also be posting my photos on my Twitter and Facebook pages so please give me a follow if you haven’t already πŸ˜‰ Here’s a quick duo of previews and a couple of polls ready for some pretty tasty second round matches on Wednesday.

1. Ekaterina Makarova v Teliana Pereira (RG, R2)

Β MakarovaEkaterina Makarova faces a tricky test on Wednesday as she takes on the in-form, Teliana Pereira. I was surprised when I saw Pereira’s name at the top of the qualifying draw for Roland Garros. Pereira is now up to #76 in the world after an excellent clay court season that saw her win back-to-back titles in Medellin (ITF) and Bogota (WTA). In the first round of Roland Garros she beat Fiona Ferro, 6-3 6-2.Β  Makarova overcame Louisa Chirico in the first match of RG15 on Suzanne Lenglen, 6-4 6-2. Makarova was striking the ball well early and took advantage of Chirico’s early nerves. The American though was gutsy personified and dug out of *0-40 holds on multiple occasions. Makarova became increasingly frustrated as the set wore on and as she has been for much of the last few months. Many set points came and went, but Makarova, with a roar or two, finally took the set. She then powered through the final few games of the second set. Pereira’s playing well enough to make this interesting, particularly if Makarova is tetchy again. However, Pereira has only beaten one top 30 player during her runs on clay this year and Makarova, despite some poor results of late, is still a tough player to beat.

Prediction: Makarova d. Pereira in 3 sets

2. Garbine Muguruza v Camila Giorgi (RG, R2)

Muguruza

Helmets at the ready! Both Garbine Muguruza and Camila Giorgi have endured rough clay court seasons; Giorgi didn’t win a match, while Muguruza won one match at each of Stuttgart, Marrakech and Madrid before pulling out of Rome through injury. Both players came through their Roland Garros openers in straight sets; Muguruza beat qualifier, Petra Martic, 6-2 7-5, while Giorgi beat Tatjana Maria, 7-5 6-3 for her first victory since Katowice where she lost in the final. Giorgi leads the head-to-head 2-0 with three set wins in Madrid qualifying (6-2 1-6 6-3, 2013) and the quarters of New Haven (6-4 6-7 6-2, 2014). This is a tough one to call… It really is! Giorgi may have won her first match but I still feel she is lacking confidence at the moment. The same could be said for Muguruza, but for one reason or another, I fancy Garbine to edge this one.

Prediction: Muguruza d. Giorgi in 3 sets

WTA Roland Garros R2 Predictions

Ana Ivanovic d. Misaki Doi in 2 sets

Bojana Jovanovski d. Donna Vekic in 3 sets

Elena Vesnina d. Polona Hercog in 3 sets

Paula Kania d. Annika Beck in 3 sets

Elina Svitolina d. Yulia Putintseva in 2 tight sets

Alexandra Dulgheru d. Alize Cornet in 3 sets

Simona Halep d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in 2 sets

Carla Suarez Navarro d. Virginie Razzano in 2 sets

Flavia Pennetta d. Magdalena Rybarikova in 2 sets

Angelique Kerber d. Ajla Tomljanovic in 2 tight sets *change of heart after watching Angie’s match*

Lucie Safarova d. Kurumi Nara in 2 tight sets *come on Lucie!*

Daria Gavrilova d. Sabine Lisicki in 2 tight sets

Sam Stosur d. Amandine Hesse in 2 sets

Maria Sharapova d. Vitalia Diatchenko in 2 sets

30 thoughts on “French Open Day 4, Women’s R2 Match Previews: Makarova v Pereira, Muguruza v Giorgi

  1. I think Halep vs Lucic Baroni could potentially get interesting. The only time the two have played was won by MLB at the US Open last year. This is the kind of match a player like her dreams of having and she was a good clay courter back in the day.

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  2. As everybody else I am excited about Halep vs Lucic Baroni match. My prediction is either the match will be super tough or Halep will beat Lucic Baroni in two regular sets with one break in each set. Very excited about Giorgi vs Muguruza as well.

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    • I agree. Its going to be one enormous epic full of errors and drama. Or Halep will come through fairly easily.

      I’m thrilled Kuznetsova got though. Her match vs Schiavonne could be an awesome watch! Francesca played a wonderful match against Ivanovic here last year.

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      • For me, the Lucic-Baroni vs. Halep match is going to focus on Mirjana’s ability to be consistent and consistently in charge of points and Simona’s focusing on keeping MLB on the run. But like everyone else in this comment section, I’m really excited for this one. Let’s just hope that they’re both playing well.

        Also, Kurumi vs. Lucie could be an upset. Probably not, but Nara can definitely do it. I wanted both of them to make it far into the tournament. Curse you, tennis gods!!!

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  3. Alexandra Dulgheru v. Alize Cornet, I think Cornet will win this one. She usually plays well at home. On the other hand, I think Nara is capable to upset Lucie. Muguruza v. Camila is another 50/50 match. The real Camila comes to play, she can beat Muguruza…not sure which Camila?

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  4. I really thought Stosur was done & dusted last week… now I’m wondering if she’s trying to make one last big go of it here. She’s clearly feeling confident from Strasberg- could she uproot Sharapova in the third round? She was close last year and Maria does NOT look half as sound now as she did then.

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    • lol….If She get’s Sharapova in the early Paris afternoon sun, then she could do some damage, but if it is a cool day, or dusk encounter Sharapova wins. Her style of play can ‘irritate’ Maria, and on a hot day, impound her misery. Anyway, Sam played alright in her first round, but Sharapova was equally strong too.

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  5. Makarova won her first round match, but her performance wasn’t at her peak. I hope Teliana can be that challenge that causes her to sit up. Her qualifying warm up shows and Makarova can’t afford to sleep on this. On clay, you need to get some sort of rhythm going pretty early or it takes a toll on you.

    In Muguruza and Giorgi, you simply don’t want to be the tennis ball for this encounter. The beating will be severe. Garbine is a much improved player since she last lost to Giorgi on this surface. Not sure why, but I feel Muguruza is a better clay court player but Giorgi is more tenacious and experienced. I would want Garbine to win, but I think Giorgi will outlast her in 3 sets.

    IMO, it really depends on how Lucic-Baroni approaches this one. If she can maintain a patient intensity and hit like she is capable of there is a chance. But, with youth and confidence on Halep’s side I will be surprised if she is knocked out. She just has to play smartly.

    No sure about Cornet and Dulgheru….Cornet as home support.

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  6. Well unless Serena bombs the rest of the year, there goes any chance Halep had of making #1.
    Hopefully this opening wont put any pressure on Ivanovic, who clearly crumbled last year after being labelled a contender when Serena got upset.

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  7. So bloody hard to watch this Halep – Lucic-Baroni match, and it wasn’t even a repetition of the US Open match, it looked even worse, with Simona not being in control of almost any rally. It’s not a disappointment, it’s simply disgraceful. And it wasn’t even mental this time, like with Makarova. It was just bad play / bad tactics + great strong shots from Lucic-Baroni who deserves a lot of praise. I don’t know how she does it so that she plays so so good against Halep when all throughout the year she’s absolutely terrible. I guess it’s just that, when Simona plays against heavy-hitters/ball bashers, it’s like she’s playing with a ton of kryptonite on the neck.

    @Andrew, I love Halep, you know I’m a fan of her, but let’s be serious. Simona couldn’t have targeted the #1. Maybe only on paper. Serena is still way ahead and the North American season is still far. And even if Serena retires now, the number one spot is “reserved” for Masha. Simona really needs to do some serious soul-searching and maybe some cleaning in her team. Ionita and her whole bench are just putting off bad vibes throughout the games. I haven’t seen such a sad bench-crown in my life. That bullshit with better communication with an all-romanian staff is just that, bullshit.

    And to top it all off, Dulgheru lost a 5-2 lead against Cornet in the second and R2 with it.

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    • I’m well aware Simona had a cat in hells chance of taking #1 this year with Serena hellbent on making history, I just wanted to make sure some of her more aggressive, nut job fans were enlightened to it also.

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      • well, aggressivity is something Halep shall assimilate, otherwise plenty of young guns are there to hunt glory. so sad for her, she must reconsider again all her options.
        hope CSN will reach the final.

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      • You’re right Jivo. Back in 2014 people called her the most “aggressive defender”. And for good reason. Simona shines when she dictates the game, when she forces her game onto the opponent. Unfortunately, today she did that in a handful of rallies at best. She never looked like she was in control, from game 1. She was calm, no doubt, but she had no winning strategy. Hell, most times it looked like she had no strategy at all. And that’s what makes me think that she really really has a problem with the way she prepares for the matches, refusing to watch her opponent’s matches, being clueless about the draw. Sure, in most cases she has a natural way of adjusting to the situation on the fly, but what good does that do when you f-up in a Slam against Baroni, twice, in the same disastrous way!?

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    • I appreciate your frustration Alex, but such is the WTA. Players growing in confidence and maturity who keep winning become instant targets for the other girls. Halep, though she never really mentions it, has these pressures too to deal with. Being a counter puncher, the hard hitting base liners will always feel they can challenge. Lucic ‘knows’ she has to simply play through her to unsettle her opponent. Unfortunately, Clay which used to be a ‘safe haven’ for the non-hitters is no more. The very reason why most commentators in the forum were interested in this match-up.

      Personally, I feel Halep was a more calculated player last year than she is this time around( maybe a little too much familiarity). Not surprised, she played better against Lucic at the US Open. Something Wozniacki is developing against the hard hitters, trying to be ‘tactfully aggressive’. Not to patronize her, but this loss will be good for her, I feel she is at the right stage in her ascendancy to develop a strategy for players like Lucic, Sharapova, Serena etc. Not really ‘disgraceful’, I’m quietly confident she is still one the future faces of WTA. Lucic simply had her number.

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      • Of course every loss comes with perks, like every kick you get in your ass is still a jump forward. She can learn out of these things, she did it in the past, but as you observed yourself she played “smarter” last year. And obviously more relaxed. I hope she can still learn and attack the second half of the year with a clear mind and without much pressure. The Singapore spot is virtually secured. She doesn’t have anything significant to defend after Wimbledon. And next year, she will be able to play RG without big points to defend, thus a little less pressure. It’s a spot where she managed to find greatness before, might do her good again. Still, team-wise she’s in a really really weird spot and it feels like everyone sees it except her.

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  8. Most disappointing fact for me in Halep’s game especially in the 2nd set,she went away meekly,reminds me of how she fared at the AO earlier this year,she had no fight left in her,in saying that full credit to Lucic Baroni who appears to have Simona’s number.

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    • It’s not the fight that she didn’t have. It was the clear mind that she lacked.

      She still fought, with the only weapons she thought she had, and they weren’t the proper ones, but no, she did not abandon the fight. Truth be told, it felt like a boxing match where one keeps being sent to the floor and got up again for another set of punches, and again, and again… I was expecting Ionita to simply throw in a towel. It was just painful to watch. At 5-0 I prayed Baroni closes it, I didn’t want to see some “miracle” recovery to 5-4 only to lose the next game. I already made peace with it. Now it’s her turn to make peace with it and take away whatever she can learn out of it.

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      • Sometimes media created the hype. Grand slam is to measure how good a player can be. When one plays in the Grand Slam, she should have a clear mind regardless of what happens. She just lost to a better player who could consistently hit to both sides of her court with limited errors. She was lucky not to humiliate with a bagel.

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  9. I would like to give a huge ‘shout out’ to tiny Doi who really took her game to Ivanovic,Ivanovic needs to start lifting her game.

    I honestly feel Sam Stosur going back to Dave Taylor for coaching has given Sam huge confidence in her game,she plays Sharapova next,who has her number,still I am hoping for a upset,fingers crossed:)

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      • I watched bits of her match today and she looked shaky in the first set butttt a win is a win and she’s getting through these matches. Draw is there for the taking if she can stay calm and play well.

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      • The fact that she’s come from a set down twice in a row is pretty remarkable all things considered. It should give her a huge boost going forwards!

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    • Doi played well! Stosur’s looking good and that could be a cracking match against Sharapova. Still deliberating my prediction but the preview is mostly written and will be up tomorrow πŸ™‚

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      • James no one defeats Stosur like how many times? lol! I was live at RG when Stosur played Fran in the final,I was soo certain Sam would win,she defeated the Queen of Clay Henin,Serena on the way to the final and just Froze,all credit to Fran though,they are the best of friends,.

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  10. Halep did not play badly but Lucic just played incredibly well. I actually guessed it right that she would call for physio after losing the first set, but it did not help her to cool down Lucic.

    Anyone can win 2015 RG this year. I think one of the outsiders will play in the final.

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  11. I picked Halep to win RG this year,I really felt her game was made for clay,her mental game is missing,she should have made adjustments to her game in her match against Lucic Baroni,like taking the ball on early,her return game sucked quite frankly,back to the drawing board for Halep.

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