• Starr Knight

French Open Day 5: What To Expect

It’s day 2 of the second-round matches, and there is a lot of great tennis to be played. Dominic Thiem will come back to finish his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Lucas Pouille will finish his match against Cameron Norrie.

Marin Cilic vs. Hubert Hurkacz

It’s safe to say that the top seeds have had a tough first two rounds so far, but I don’t think Cilic will face the same problems.


My prediction: Cilic in straight sets.


Simona Halep vs. Taylor Townsend

She may have only played her first round match yesterday, but world number 1; Simona Halep will have to fight another day against the talented American.


My prediction: Simona Halep in three sets.


Julien Benneteau vs. Juan Martin Del Potro

The 5th seed, hard-hitting Argentinian might have a hard time facing both his opponent; Benneteau, and the french supporters.


My prediction: Del Potro in four sets.


Serena Williams vs. Ashleigh Barty

Whilst she is seeded 17th for the tournament; Serena Williams is a one-of-a-kind champion and proved she is back, and ready to win once again after having an impressive first-round encounter.


My prediction: Serena Williams in three sets.


Garbine Muguruza vs. Fiona Ferro

I have been keeping a close eye on Muguruza, and she is one hell of a talent. She will have a tough time against Ferro as she has nothing to lose.


My prediction: Muguruza will still win this, but it might take three sets.


Malek Jaziri vs. Richard Gasquet

I was hoping that Jaziri would make it to the second round and potentially third, but he has a tough task against 27th seed; Richard Gasquet.


My prediction: Richard Gasquet in four sets.


Rafael Nadal vs. Guido Pella

After his great performance in the first round, he is looking ready to take another french open title and Guido Pella won’t stand in his way.


My prediction: Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Obviously.


Shuai Peng vs. Caroline Garcia

The 7th seed; Caroline Garcia might have a difficult task against Peng, but I don’t think it will stop her bid for a french open title.


My prediction: Caroline Garcia in three sets.


Denis Shapovalov vs. Maximilian Marterer

He has been the talk of the tournament as a future grand slam winner and I think he has a good enough draw to make it past Marterer.


My prediction: Shapovalov in four sets.


Maria Sharapova vs. Donna Vekic

Sharapova is in decent enough form to not struggle against Croatian; Donna Vekic but there could be an "upset" here.


My prediction: Hopefully Donna Vekic will win. Two sets ideally.


Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs. Jeremy Chardy

It’s going to be a tough match to support if you’re french as two of their own face against each other. I think experience will triumph here.


My prediction: The seasoned Chardy will win this in four sets.


Julia Goerges vs. Alison Van Uytvanck

The 11th seed Julia Goerges may have some difficulty against Van Uytvanck who had a very impressive win against her first-round opponent.


My prediction: Goerges in three sets.


Fabio Fognini vs. Elias Ymer

The Italian 18th seed will face Elias Ymer who will no doubt be tired after having to go through qualifying to secure his place in the main draw.


My prediction: Fognini will have more energy, and should win in straight sets.


Lucie Safarova vs. Karolina Pliskova

This should be quite a tight match for 6th seed; Karolina Pliskova as she faces a very professional, hard-hitting Safarova.


My prediction: Pliskova should win this, but it may take three sets.


John Isner vs. Horacio Zeballos

The 9th seed is looking good, and I’m sure Zeballos won’t stand in his way.


My prediction: John Isner in straight sets.


Shuai Zhang vs. Irina-Camelia Begu

I’m going for an upset here as I think Camelia-Begu might be able to knock out 27th seed; Shuai Zhang.


My prediction: Begu in three, very tight and long sets.


Heather Watson vs. Elise Mertens

She may have had a good first round win, but Heather Watson will have a difficult battle against Belarusian; Elise Mertens.


My prediction: Elise Mertens will take out the only female Brit left in the singles draw in straight sets.


Marton Fucsovics vs. Kyle Edmund

Talking of brits, Kyle Edmund has a good draw here, and I’m hoping he will be able to record a good win, and secure his place in the third round.


My prediction: Kyle Edmund in four sets.


Thomas Fabbiano vs. Borna Coric

Fabbiano had a long five-set match against Matthew Ebden in the first round, and Borna Coric knocked out 22nd seed; Philipp Kohlschreiber in his first round match.


My prediction: Borna Coric is on a roll and could win this in four sets.


Samantha Stosur vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

The 30th seed will struggle in this match. Sam Stosur still has it in her to make an impression at Roland Garros and she already knows what it takes to win.


My prediction: Sam Stosur in three sets.


Ruben Bemelmans vs. Jurgen Zopp

After taking out the 14th seed in the first round; Jurgen Zopp will go into this match with confidence on his side.


My prediction: Jurgen Zopp in four sets.


Lesia Tsurenko vs. Coco Vandeweghe

One of many Americans left in the draw; Coco Vandeweghe will face world number 115; Lesia Tsurenko in her second round match.


My prediction: Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets.


Diego Schwartzman vs. Adam Pavlasek

The 11th seed; Diego Schwartzman will face qualifier Adam Pavlasek in the second round. This should be an easy win for the Argentinean.


My prediction: Schwartzman in straight sets and into the second week.


Jan-Lennard Struff vs. Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson would come into this match as the favourite after knocking out 25th seed; Adrian Mannarino in the first round, but Jan-Lennard Struff may be a difficult opponent on clay.


My prediction: Steven Johnson in five sets.


Pablo Cuevas vs. Kevin Anderson

The talented 8th seed; Kevin Anderson should have a relatively easy time against Pablo Cuevas.


My prediction: Kevin Anderson in straight sets.


Angelique Kerber vs. Ana Bogdan

I would put money on Angelique Kerber making it to the second week of Roland Garros and facing Ana Bogdan will be an easy task for her.


My prediction: Angelique Kerber in straight sets.


Daria Gavrilova vs. Bernarda Pera

Pera managed to knock out Elena Vesnina in the first round, but she will have a more difficult opponent to overcome today as 24th seed; Daria Gavrilova has impressed on clay this season thus far.


My prediction: Daria Gavrilova in three sets.


Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Andrea Petkovic

Andrea Petkovic knocked out 29th seed; Mladenovic in the first round, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands took out Johanna Larsson. This will be a tough battle today, and it’s going to be a close one.


My prediction: Andrea Petkovic in three long sets.


Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs. Casper Ruud

Having made it through qualifying, and a tough five-setter against Jordan Thompson; Casper Ruud might have too difficult a task today against the seasoned Spaniard; Ramos-Vinolas.


My prediction: Albert Ramos-Vinolas in four sets.


Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Belinda Bencic

Both women have had relatively easy first rounds, and I think that the Slovakian will have too much power for the Swiss.


My prediction: Magadalena Rybarikova in straight sets.


Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. Mischa Zverev

The older Zverev brother may have just as hard a time in his match as his brother did yesterday. Stakhovsky battled his way through qualifying, and knocked out Feliciano Lopez in the first round.


My prediction: This is a really tough one to call, and I think it will be a long one. Stakhovsky will likely win in five sets.


Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs. Kiki Bertens

This will be the second Belarusian that Kiki Bertens will face this week, and I think she will have just as easy a time as she did in the first round.


My prediction: Kiki Bertens in straight sets.


There are a lot of tough matches today, and we may see more shock losses.

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