Ashleigh Barty, the first seed, was pressured by Bernarda Pera in the first round. To win in three sets, Barty focused on consistency and made only 25 unforced errors as she focused on extension points. However, her first servings were not in great shape. She landed only 66 percent of them, and when they landed, she was less likely to win the point than on her second serving. 2019 French Open champion, Barty, needs to address this issue.
Magda Linette, ranked No. 45, fought in early 2021 and lost five of her first six fights. She has turned it around just in time and has gained some confidence when she reached the semi-finals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg last week in France. Now she will try to avenge the loss of her double partner, Pera, and upset Barty to match her best big result.
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Aslan Karatsev vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber
Philipp Kohlschreiber, ranked No. 132, was once a regular presence in the fourth round of major tournaments. But in the last eight Grand Slam events, he has not reached the second round, and this once fearsome player now seems to be heading towards the end of his career. That does not mean he is without hope. In the first round, he beat Fernando Verdasco, a clay court specialist and former world No. 7.
Aslan Karatsev, the 24th seed, broke into the public eye with a monstrous run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open as a qualifier, knocking out three seeded players before being sacked by Novak Djokovic. It was not just a twinkle in the forehead. He followed it up with his first ATP Tour title at the Dubai Open and big wins on clay over Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. Karatsev’s consistency can be tested over the best of five-format if the Kohlschreiber provides pressure with aggressive baseline play.
Here are a few more matches to keep an eye on.
Elina Svitolina vs. Ann Li; Suzanne Lenglen Court, 5 p.m.
Sofia Kenin and Hailey Baptiste; Court 14, at
Novak Djokovic vs. Pablo Cuevas; Suzanne Lenglen Court, 10 am
Rafael Nadal vs. Richard Gasquet; Philippe Chatrier Court, at