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 😉 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)
Ekaterina 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. 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)
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