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Samantha Stosur vs. Tsvetana Pironkova 2016 French Open Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, Prediction

Pironkova vs. Stosur

June 2016

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Samantha Stosur and Tsvetana Pironkova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2016 French Open.

Samantha Stosur is coming off a straight sets win over Simona Halep that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Stosur won 78 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Stosur was able to take advantage of the rain delays by regrouping and picking up her first victory over a top-10 player since 2014. Stosur is winning no less than 68 percent of her first serve points and has racked up 58 winners in her last two matches. After her last two wins, Stosur has to have the attention of the rest of the field, as she’s really hitting the ball well at the moment. Stosur hopes to reach her fifth career grand slam semifinal appearance and first since the 2012 French Open.

Samantha Stosur vs. Tsvetana Pironkova 2016 French Open Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, Prediction

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Tsvetana Pironkova is coming off a three set win over Agnieszka Radwanska that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Pironkova won 56 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Pironkova was also able to make a comeback and take advantage of the delays, and she has her first win over a top-10 player in two years. Pironkova has now beaten three top-20 players to get to this point and has racked up 50 winners in her last two matches. Pironkova is easily playing her best tennis of the season and is playing like somebody who is eager to get back in the top-50 or so. Pironkova hopes to reach her second career grand slam semifinal appearance and first since the 2010 Wimbledon.

These two have played four times in the past, and Stosur has won three of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2015 Eastbourne Open, a match Pironkova won in straight sets. All four matches have been decided in straight sets, and this will be the first match on clay court.

This isn’t the matchup anybody anticipated but here we are. Both are playing solid tennis right now and have shown they can beat quality players. However, Stosur is a little sharper with her service game and has more experience in these type of matches. After all, Pironkova is coming off a match in which she had 40 unforced errors.

This could go either way but I’m siding with the experience in Stosur.

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