Nara vs. Venus
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 31, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Venus -600 / Nara +425 -- Over/Under:
Venus Williams and Kurumi Nara meet in the second round of the 2017 French Open.
Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Qiang Wang that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 76 percent of her first serve points and 36 percent of her second serve points. Venus was able to lay a painless match due to winning 43 percent of her return points, but her second serve and the 44 unforced errors leave a lot of room for improvement. Venus will have to play cleaner tennis fi she hopes to make a deep run in this tournament. Venus hopes to make the third round of the French Open for just the second time since 2011. Venus has made at least the third round in each of her last four grand slam appearances. Venus has won seven of her last 10 matches on clay court.
Kurumi Nara is coming off a three set win over Amanda Anisimova that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Nara won 62 percent of her first serve points and 33 percent of her second serve points. Nara showed great fight after coming back when dropping the third set, and had only 18 unforced errors, which certainly helped in the long run. Of course, Nara has to be better with her second serve and take better advantage of break points, as she converted just seven of 21 in the first round. A win here would give the 25-year-old Nara her biggest grand slam victory. Nara has made the third round of a grand slam just twice in her career with the most recent coming in the 2014 Australian Open. Nara has never made the third round of the French Open. Nara has won five of her last eight matches on clay court.
These two have played three times in the past and Venus has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Indian Wells Masters, a match Nara won in straight sets. All three meetings have been in straight sets. This will be the first meeting on clay.
If Venus is going to have another sloppy performance, Nara will have a chance here due to her patience. However, Nara doesn't have much grand slam success due to her lack of elite skills, and she probably would have lost the first round match if Anisimova didn't have 62 unforced errors.
This is a match Venus should win in straight sets.