Mattek-Sands vs. Kvitova
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 31, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Petra Kvitova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands meet in the second round of the 2017 French Open.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a straight sets win over Julia Boserup that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Kvitova won 78 percent of her first serve points and 63 percent of her second serve points. Kvitova played her first match since last year after slicing her hand open during a home invasion that had many questioning if she would ever be the same due to the damage. Well, with no warm up matches heading into this tournament, Kvitova dominated her service game and had 31 winners. Even against subpar competition, Kvitova looked better than anybody could have expected and it's a positive sign. Kvitova hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the 10th time in her last 12 tries. Kvitova has split her last six matches on clay court.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands is coming off a straight sets win over Evgeniya Rodina that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Mattek-Sands won 52 percent of her first serve points and 60 percent of her second serve points. Mattek-Sands qualified for this tournament with three victories and just sliced and diced a top-80 player in the world. Mattek-Sands had 39 winners and broke seven times, however, she must be more effective with her first serve if she's going to have a chance here. Mattek-Sands looks for her first third round appearance in a grand slam since the 2015 US Open. Mattek-Sands has made the third round of the French Open just once since 2012. Mattek-Sands has won five of her last six matches on clay court.
These two have played twice in the past and Kvitova won both meetings in straight sets. The most recent match was in the 2011 Open GDF Suez, a match that took 14 games to decide. This will be their first meeting on clay.
Mattek-Sands hasn't had much success on clay court as a singles player and wasn't good enough with her serve to think she can survive in a match like this one. While I’m sure Kvitova will hit a physical wall at some point due to the lack of matches under her belt, she played well enough to win another match and advance to the third round. Kvitova was easily the story of day one in the French Open.