- Petra Kvitova  v Laura Siegemund
- Sofia Kenin  v Danielle Collins
PARIS, FRANCE – While the top half of the draw is seedless, the last two seeds left in the draw do battle to make the Roland Garros semi-finals.
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Petra Kvitova  v Laura Siegemund | Kvitova leads 1-0
Emotions were evident for No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova as she reached the quarter-final once more at Roland Garros (she reached the semi-finals in 2012) but this occasion had a little more poignancy this time around.
By now though, we should be back to business as usual for the steely Czech as she faces the feisty Laura Siegemund. The German is certainly never backwards in coming forwards, and her on court antics can get under players’ skins but when they met five years ago, at the US Open, Kvitova was in control.
However these are not fast hard courts, and Siegemund knows how to negotiate the clay. To be fair so does Kvitova with a smattering of clay court wins to her name, but largely on courts that play fast.
Weather could be a factor. If the roof is closed, the it does favour the Czech, who opted not to play in preparation for this year’s build-up having had to pull out of the French Open last year and admitted she was mindful of protecting her arm, and so far playing herself into form has stood her in good stead.
In fact the heavy conditions does make her heavy-weighted shots come with a little more weight behind them and while she might not be much of one to scamper about the court, she can create crazy angles with great variety.
Siegemund will look to disrupt Kvitova’s controlling from the baseline by trying to draw her to the net, and on a court that has more than lent itself to drop-shots, Kvitova could be in for quite a frustrating afternoon.
However, experience could get her over the line against the unpredictable German.
Prediction: Kvitova in three sets.
Sofia Kenin  v Danielle Collins | H2H: Collins leads 3-0 (incl. ITF)
As recently as three years ago, Danielle Collins had the upper hand against Sofia Kenin at the ITF tour level and includes a win for Collins at the start of this year in Adelaide with Kenin having won just two matches in the run up to the Australian Open – but we all know what happened there.
Kenin has had a couple of tough matches already here, having to come from a set behind to prevail, and we saw with Collins, a quick start does not always mean a quick finish for the feisty American.
We can be sure of a lot of shouting and hollering from the pair of them, who are not afraid to show their feelings out on court and they do not care who they might annoy with it, so this is bound to be entertaining for that alone.
Kenin has come a long way, and has a pretty complete game, and will be up against equally lights out tennis from Collins. But experience goes a long way and Kenin just has the edge.
Prediction: Kenin in three sets.
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