2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic will begin her 2014 campaign in Paris with a tough opening match against Caroline Garcia. It is the first time the two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, and should make for an entertaining encounter.
World No. 12 Ana Ivanovic has had a sort of resurgence in 2014, as the 2008 French Open champion won a title in Auckland before reaching the quarter-final at the Australian Open, the fourth round in Miami, as well as a second title last week in Monterrey, where she defeated Jovana Jaksic in the final. She would carry that momentum forth into her Stuttgart campaign, where she would defeat Lisicki, Kuznetsova and Jankovic en route to the final. While she held a significant lead in her match-up against Sharapova, she would ultimately surrender the match in three sets to give the Russian her third title at that tournament.
World No. 43 Caroline Garcia began her clay court season with a loss to Shuai Peng in the opening round in Charleston, but rebounded with a title win in Bogota, Colombia before picking up consecutive victories in the Fed Cup tie agains the USA. She would then begin her clay court season with a fantastic showing in Madrid, where she would beat Angelique Kerber and Sara Errani before losing to Radwanksa in quarter-final round. She is coming off a loss to Karin Knapp in Nurnberg.
This is the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and will likely be an interesting contest that will last three sets. Garcia is more than capable of upsetting the Serbian No. 2 on her best day, but Ivanovic has also been a tough competitor in 2014 and will be looking to get one step closer to a second French Open title.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic in Three Sets