Stosur vs. Safarova
|Date & Time||Friday May 27, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Lucie Safarova and Samantha Stosur square off in the third round of the 2016 French Open.
Lucie Safarova is coming off a straight sets win over Viktorija Golubic that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Safarova won 82 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Safarova has lost just six games in her first two matches and has a combined 29 unforced errors. Safarova is finishing her points quickly and has won no less than 82 percent of her first serve points. Safarova has steamrolled her way through the first two matches and has looked better than the player who won the Prague Open. Safarova has reached the fourth round of a grand slam in five of her last seven appearances.
Samantha Stosur is coming off a straight sets win over Shuai Zhang that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Stosur won 68 percent of her first serve points and 41 percent of her second serve points. Stosur has produced 49 winners in her first two matches and has won no less than 68 percent of her first serve points. Stosur has had 63 unforced errors, a number that needs to be trimmed, but she’s clearly in a groove right now and a dangerous player moving forward. Stosur came into this tournament with some momentum after making the semifinals of the Madrid Masters, and she’s been able to build off that with making her eighth straight third round of the French Open. has reached the fourth round of a grand slam twice since the 2013 season.
These two have played 14 times in the past, and Safarova has won 11 of those meetings. The most recent match was in this year's Prague Open, a match Safarova won in three sets. Five of the matches between these two have gone the distance.
Safarova not only has dominated the head to head, but she’s the overall better player between these two and has shown far fewer weaknesses. When Safarova is hitting the ball well and not beating herself, she’s a borderline top-five player.
Safarova advances to the fourth round.