While much of the focus on the bottom half of the draw is on Petra Kvitova, there is another slam champion who will hope to continue her run through the draw fairly quietly. Sofia Kenin will face her toughest test yet against the in-form Fiona Ferro. The winner of this one goes on to play either Ons Jabeur or Danielle Collins, the latter being responsible for Garbine Muguruza’s first week exit from the tournament.
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Ferro is on an eight match winning streak and does have a live chance of making the final from this half of the draw. She won Palermo post-lockdown and has taken that form into Paris, picking up a good win over Elena Rybakina in round two and backing it up against a tricky Patricia Maria Tig in round three. Following a second set blip against Tig, she bounced right back to deliver a bagel in the 7-6 4-6 6-0 win.
Nobody would have given Kenin much of a chance of going far this fortnight based on her Rome performance, where she lost 6-0 6-0 to Victoria Azarenka. However, the American is made of stern stuff and has been consistent at the slams this year adding two fourth rounds (at least) to her Australian Open title. It was comfortable for her against Irina Bara, who had little to trouble the American and her 34 winners in the 6-2 6-0 victory.
“She’s obviously a good clay-court player – she’s got a big forehand, big serve, she’s got great touch. She had a really good win a few days ago [over Elena] Rybakina and of course she’s using the crowd to help her, so I’ll just have to watch after this and then I’ll come up with a plan.” Kenin said on Ferro, well aware of the threat the Frenchwoman poses. This could be a tricky one for Kenin with the potential for another high seed going the way of so many others already. Ferro looks comfortable on the clay and looks to have the vital mix of power and touch needed for the awkward conditions in Paris right now.
Prediction – Fiona Ferro in three sets