The King of Clay looks to be back firing at his spiritual home after a bit of a topsy-turvy clay court season only picking up the one title in Madrid. The Spaniard has breezed into round three defeating two qualifiers and only dropping a handful of games.
In fact, throughout Rafa’s career at Roland Garros he was won 6-0 or 6-1 in 25% of his games. In round 3, he will face a tougher test in the Belgian David Goffin but I believe Rafa will be bringing his A-game in the hopes of landing an incredible 12th French Open, which is why I expect him to comfortably win this game covering the 9.5 game handicap.
Karolina Pliskova has been the leading server on the women’s tour for three of the last five seasons, finishing second the other two years. Clearly she is one of the best servers on tour.
She’s been in fine form this season and is averaging over 7.5 aces per game on the usually slower clay surface. Pliskova and Martic have already played each other this season in the beautiful sunshine of Miami where Karolina notched up seven aces against her opponent. With Paddy offering over 6.5 aces I am taking Pliskova to easily cover that.
2018 was a breakout year for the young Slovenian Viktoria Kuzmova by getting into the top 50 on the women’s tour. While she may not have many titles, Kuzmova has been picking off wins against some of the top female players this season.
Next, she faces the British number one Johanna Konta. Konta’s two wins at this year’s French open are her only ever wins in the main draw and this is where I think her journey is going to end. I think this game is going to come down to whoever has the better groundstrokes, which is where I give the younger Kuzmova the slight edge.
In what looks like it could be a tight tussle I’d be very happy to take the 6/5 on offer for Viktoria Kuzmova.
*All odds correct at time of posting