Petra Martic vs. Laura Siegemund - 2020 French Open Third Round
Saturday October 3rd, 2020
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Number 13 seed Petra Martic of Croatia faces German Laura Siegemund in the third round at the 2020 French Open. The head to head currently stands at 1-0 in favor of Martic. This should be a close match that has the potential to go either way.
Petra Martic has been one of the most consistent players on the WTA tour in 2020. She is a very aggressive player who is comfortable on all surfaces so playing on clay should not affect her. In fact, she reached the quarterfinals last year here in Paris. She is one of the strongest servers on tour, usually relying on it to get a lot of free points. She had a lot of success early in the year but has been uncharacteristically inconsistent since the tour resumed. She lost in the first round in Rome, albeit to a strong opponent and had two tough matches this week, beating Doi and Kudermetova in Rounds 1 and 2 respectively. She will be hoping for at least a repeat performance of 2019 and will feel good about her chances here.
Laura Siegemund is currently ranked 66 which is a far cry from when she was in the top 25 a few years ago. She has never been this far at the French Open, but has a WTA clay court title proving that she is no slouch on the surface. She is probably known more for her doubles prowess recently, winning the US Open title this year with partner Vera Zvonareva. She has been fairly impressive this week in Paris, beating two solid opponents in Kristina Mladenovic and Julia Gorges. It will be interesting to see if she is able to focus after receiving a lot of negative press lately for a "double bounce" controversy during her match with Mladenovic.
I expect this match to be a close one, with either woman capable of winning. Martic is the higher ranked player but Siegemund has been better on clay this year than her opponent. I am predicting this match to go to three sets with Martic eventually getting the victory. Petra Martic to win.