Anastasija Sevastova vs. Elise Mertens
|Date & Time||Friday May 31, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
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Latvian tennis player, Anastasija Sevastova will play against Elise Mertens from Belgium in the third round of the 2019 WTA French Open.
Elise Mertens looked very solid in the previous round as she defeated her opponent in straight sets. During the win, Elise Mertens served very effectively as she won 80% of her service points. Mertens won all of her service games and broke her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions to seal the win with some ease. Mertens started the 2019 season on a high as she won the WTA Qatar Open by beating Simona Halep in the final. Since that win, things have turned downwards for Mertens in singles tennis as she has only made one quarterfinal appearance. The French Open proved to be fruitful of Mertens last season as she made the fourth round. Considering her form leading up to this tournament, it will be very impressive if Mertens could repeat her performance from last season.
On the other side of the coin, Anastasija Sevastova also enters this match having won her previous fixture in straight sets. It was a good win for Sevastova as she won 100% of her service games and 67% of her return games. It has been a decent clay court season for Sevastova as she has had a few notable events such as the Stuttgart Open where she made the quarterfinals. This is the furthest Sevastova has ever made it at the French Open. This could be a potentially tricky match for Sevastova as her opponent is solid on clay and has a better record at the French Open.
Anastasija Sevastova and Elise Mertens have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2017 at WTA Mallorca where Sevastova won in 3 sets.
Neither Elise Mertens nor Anastasija Sevastova look like they have the ability to make it very deep in the tournament. Mertens has been in very poor form while Sevastova has a poor record at Roland Garros. As far as picking a winner is concerned, I am going to side with Elise Mertens. Mertens has not been at her best but I think she will be good enough to beat Sevastova who looks very uncomfortable when playing at Roland Garros.