By Ros Satar, at Roland Garros
- Garbiñe Muguruza v Johanna Larsson
- Anastasia Potapova v Marketa Vondrousova
- Grigor Dimitrov v Marin Cilic
PARIS, FRANCE – Into the second round we go, and we have picked out our must watch matches for Day Four.
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Garbiñe Muguruza v Johanna Larsson
Former champion Garbiñe Muguruza had to solve a bit of a puzzle in Taylor Townsend but when she figured out the solution, she looked very impressive. Her year has been steady but not particularly remarkable, until now maybe.
Her lead up to Roland Garros was brief and largely not great – just two wins, but if anyone can play herself into form, it is Muguruza. She is one of the lower seeds and there is none of the kind of expectation that was on her the past couple of years where she has been in the position of defending one of her two slams.
Johanna Larsson’s build up has been a mix of tour level events, some league tennis and an ITF event, and her tour levels wins have been sparse on what certainly used to be one of her favourite surfaces.
Prediction: Muguruza in straight sets.
Anastasia Potapova v Marketa Vondrousova
Potapova’s free hitting upended a very match-unready Kerber still gave us a glimpse of the promise of the young Russian, but just a year older, Marketa Vondrousova had two very solid runs in the clay court season which marks her out as a dangerous floater in the draw. She reached the final in Istanbul, and but she ground through three three-setters in Rome before finally struggling out to Johanna Konta.
Potapova has nothing to lose once more, which makes her dangerous, but Vondrousova just has been a little more consistent.
Prediction: Vondrousova in three sets
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Grigor Dimitrov v Marin Cilic
The big serving Croat has more than got the better of Dimitrov in the past, and their first encounter of clay feels like it should be a leveller. Cilic looked to be hitting his stride in Madrid, but a bout of food poisoning handed Novak Djokovic a walkover, and Rome was nothing at all to write home about.
Dimitrov might have started the clay court season with a couple of wins in Monte Carlo, but found himself in the qualifying rounds for Geneva, before losing in the first round. Dimitrov’s yo-yoing up and down the rankings over the past few years says more about his lost promise, and the former World No. 3 will have to play some of his best clay court tennis to put out the metronomic Croat.
Prediction: Cilic in four sets.
Play begins on Day Four of Roland Garros at 11am (10am BST).
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