A compelling third round encounter is scheduled to take place at the French Open between Dominika Cibulkova and Samantha Stosur. The Australian leads the head-to-head series 4-0, which includes a win against the top Slovak just over three weeks ago in Madrid. She also holds a win against her at this very event in the quarter-final stage two years ago.
Bratislava native Dominika Cibulkova arrived at the third round at Roland Garros with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win over Austria’s Tamira Paszek. Cibulkova hit 2 aces, won 62% of her first service points, and hit a positive 23 winners to her 21 unforced errors for a comfortable victory in one hour and 35 minutes.
Australian No. 1 Samantha Stosur reached the third round in Paris with a 6-1, 6-3 win in an hour and 23 minutes on Wednesday afternoon. While the. First set lasted only 30 minutes, the second set was slightly longer as Stosur played several sloppy games and allowed her opponent to trade breaks with her before closing it out on her third match point.
This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Stosur leading the series with an undefeated record of 4-0. While Stosur has not been at her best this season, she has managed some strong victories on her favourite surface so far, including a win against Cibulkova in Madrid just a few short weeks ago. Stosur has looked great this week and could manage to continue her undefeated streak against the surging Slovak on Friday afternoon.
Prediction: Samantha Stosur in Three Sets