Mertens vs. Venus
|Date & Time||Friday June 2, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Venus Williams and Elise Mertens meet in the third round of the 2017 French Open.
Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Kurumi Nara that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 71 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Venus hasn't dropped a set in her first two matches and is coming off a performance in which she won 59 percent of her return points. You'd still like Venus to clean up a combined 74 unforced errors, but with her return ability and the fact she's produced eight breaks, it hasn't come back to bite her yet. Venus hopes to make the round of a grand slam in her fifth straight try. Venus also has a chance at her 10th French Open fourth round appearance. Venus has won five of her last six matches on clay court.
Elise Mertens is coming off a straight sets win over Richel Hogenkamp that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Mertens won 61 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. Mertens is coming off a solid performance in which she won 49 percent of her return points and broke five times. Mertens is experiencing by far her most grand slam success at 21 years old and has a shot for a career changing victory in this matchup. Mertens will have to be more consistent with her serve in order to have a shot. Mertens has a chance to make her first ever grand slam fourth round appearance. Mertens has split her last six matches on clay court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
Venus scares the hell out of me when those unforced errors pile up, as that's how she gives sets and matches away. Andybody has a shot to pull off the upset when Venus has 30-plus errors. However, Mertens has never been on this stage before and the nerves are sure to get to her. This is a tournament Venus has to feel she has a shot to win given that her sister and Kerber aren't around. It's been a nice run for Mertens and should help her the rest of the season, but Venus is too experienced and makes enough big shots to win.
I like the American here.