AS we near the pointy end of the Roland Garros most of the big names are still in action. I’m taking this opportunity to take a week off from MLB and focus just on the matches on offer in Paris.
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French Open – Mens Bracket
Roberto Bautista Augt (17) vs. Rafael Nadal (4)
RAFA is on a mission and unfortunately for Bautista Augt I don’t think he will be the one that derails the King of Clay’s title hopes.
Verdict: Nadal W
Milos Raonic (5) vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (20)
CARRENO overcame the 11th seeded Giles Simon in the third round to set up a clash with the 5th seeded Raonic. I’ve got the Canadian taking this contest out though.
Verdict: Raonic W
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Albert Ramos-Vinolas (19) vs. Novak Djokovic (2)
IN my French Open preview I predicted that Djokovic would make it all the way to the Final and I stand by that statement.
Verdict: Djokovic W
Dominic Thiem (6) vs. Horacio Zeballos
THE fast rising Dominic Thiem is peaking at the right time of the clay season. After reeling off three straight set W’s I expect him to get the job done here as well.
Verdict: Thiem W
French Open – Ladies Bracket
Carina Witthoeft vs. Karolina Pliskova (2)
PLISKOVA is one of the favourites in a wide open women’s bracket begging for someone to stand up and claim the trophy. That means bad news for Witthoeft.
Verdict: Pliskova W
Anastasija Sevastova (17) vs. Petra Martic
AFTER dropping just nine game through her first two wins over Annika Beck and Eugenie Bouchard Sevastova has cruised into the third round. Another win over Martic would set up a potential match with the 5th seed in the tournament.
Verdict: Sevastova W
Caroline Wozniacki (11) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (8)
ONE of the matchups of the Wozniacki gets my vote to win this one. Both players haven’t looked dominant so far, but they should put forth a good match.
Verdict: Wozniacki W
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Elina Svitolina (5) vs. Magda Linette
THE young Ukraine Svitolina has played reasonably well to start the French Open. She was on the verge of being upset last round and can’t avoid a slip up in this one.
Verdict: Svitolina W
Jelena Ostapenko vs. Samantha Stosur (23)
AUSSIE Sam Stosur has had success at the French Open in the past and looks the goods in 2017 again. She made the final back in 2010 and with a win here would be one step closer to replicating a similar feat.
Verdict: Stosur W
Venus Williams (10) vs. Timea Bacsinszky (30)
WITH her sister Serena out of action, Venus has the opportunity to step out of her sisters shadow. She fell one step short in the Aus Open earlier this year, but expect her to have another deep run at this Grand Slam.
Verdict: Williams W
Garbine Muguruza (4) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (13)
ANOTHER player I picked to have a deep run into the Grand Slam Garbine Muguruza should make light work of her third round opponent in Mladenovic. Then again things don’t always go according to plan.
Verdict: Muguruza W