Weather permitting, a big hitting affair will close out play on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Placed in the Caroline Wozniacki quarter, Petra Kvitova and Anett Kontaveit will both fancy their chances of an eventual semi final spot. Kvitova’s May Form established her as one of the favourites while Kontaveit has been quietly picking up results and improving at a quick rate.
Kvitova was skeptical of her chances of going all the way pre-tournament and that looked to be fair given her opening round struggle against Veronica Cepede Royg. It was much easier in round two as she earned a crushing 6-0 6-4 victory over Lara Arruabarena. The victory took her just over an hour, giving her some much needed rest with tougher tests to come. “So far on clay…I’m trying to be more consistent. I think on the clay especially you need it, to be more consistent, to play more relaxed, stay in the rally, don’t panic that much, and just try.” she said. “That’s what it’s really working well for me right now.”
Kontaveit has beaten Madison Brengle and qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru so far to secure her career best run in Paris. The Estonian’s semi final run in Rome is what has many tipping her as a dark horse for this tournament. Her 6-3 6-1 thrashing of Caroline Wozniacki impressed many, even if the Dane is far from great on clay.
Kontaveit and Kvitova did meet in Madrid with Petra coming from a set down to win in three on her way to the title. There is a good chance of revenge for Kontaveit with the Paris conditions not so favourable to Kvitova this time round.
Prediction – Anett Kontaveit in three sets