Serena v Vika is the obvious highlight of the women’s schedule but i’ve also got my eye on another intriguing third rounder featuring Madison Keys and Timea Bacsinszky. The pair have never played before and both appear to be in good form heading into this match. Keys defeated Belinda Bencic on Thursday, 6-0 6-3. I made a mistake in my prediction there! Once again, it was the case where Bencic struggled going up against a powerful hitter. I mantain my stance though that Bencic will be a great player in a few years but her rise has fallen off the rapid rate she was going at last year. Keys is having a great year in the Slams so far. She reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open and is now into the third round of the French Open for the first time in her career. She has been sarcastic in press about her chances on clay (I love her sense of humour) so this has already been a respectable showing.
Bacsinszky’s results on clay this year have been nothing to write home about. A quarter-final showing in Marrakech and a third round appearance in Rome were the highlights. Timea is in that difficult position where she’s just missing out on the seedings at Premier events. The Swiss player has made a fine start to her Roland Garros campaign though with straight set victories over Lara Arrubarrena, 6-3 6-4 and Tereza Smitkova, 6-2 6-0. This took her tally of match wins to 25 in 2015, which is pretty staggering. In the matches i’ve watched of Bacsinszky on clay, she was really trying to mix up her play, more so than at the start of the year.
I hope this match isn’t a letdown. I’ve got high hopes it wll be a good one between two different game styles. I’m actually going for Timea to prevail and I think her greater variety and consistency could really get under the skin of Keys on her least favoured surface.
Prediction: Bacsinszky d. Keys in 3 sets
ATP RG R4 Predictions
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