Match Preview: Caroline Wozniacki v Jaimee Fourlis

These two women are going up against each other on the second day of the French Open and they are first up on Suzanne-Lenglen Court. Neither of these women have the best games on clay so it is a potential upset for the young Australian to pull off. Caroline Wozniacki is the VERY HEAVY favourite heading in to this match against Jaimee Fourlis according to the betting companies.

Recent Form

Caroline Wozniacki has been one of the best five women of the year so far but her results have gotten slightly worse since the tour has turned to clay. Recently, one of her best results was when she reached quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open before falling to another form player of the year in Kristina Mladenovic. She reached her third final of the year the week after in Miami before falling to Johanna Konta but she did get wins over Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova at that tournament. Her first tournament on clay was in Charleston and she fell to Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals. She fell to Ostapenko again in her second clay court event in the second round of Prague a couple of weeks later. She fell to Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round of Madrid and then last week she pulled out of Strasbourg with a lower back injury after dropping the first set in the first round against Shelby Rogers. Fourlis hasn’t played a tour event since the Australian swing but she has played in seven ITF events in recent months. The best results from those ITF events were two quarterfinals, one in Launceston, Australia and the other in Wiesbaden, Germany.

French Open Record

Caroline Wozniacki will be making her tenth appearance at Roland Garros this year even though she has never achieved her best results here. Her average result from her nine previous appearances is the third round and I would be expecting around that this year for her. Her best result came when she was world number 1 in 2010 and she reached the quarterfinals before she fell to eventual champion Francesca Schiavone in straight sets. Her worst results came when she fell in the first round in 2007 (her first appearance) to Nathalie Dench and in 2014 to Yanina Wickmayer. Jaimee Fourlis will be making her first appearance at the French Open tomorrow and just her second appearance at a grand slam.

Head to Head Record

Caroline Woznaicki and Jaimee Furls have never played each other on the WTA circuit in a main draw match.

Prediction

I think that this match will come up with some great highlights because I think that Wozniacki’s relentless defence will create magic when matched with Fourlis’s relentless ball bashing. I don’t think Wozniacki will start the match very well as she attempts to get used to Fourlis’s style and the conditions in Paris. I believe that Fourlis will rush out to an early lead and Wozniacki will fight back but won’t be enough to recover as she will lose the first set 6-2 in a convincing fashion. In the second set, Wozniacki will continue to get better and Fourlis will be taken aback by how well Wozniacki has started to play and the Dane will run away with the 6-1 set. The decider will be a tense and dramatic affair as Fourlis will start strongly with Wozniacki lagging again and she will go out to a 5-3 or 5-2 lead. That’s when the the Aussie will tense up and Wozniacki will take the opportunity to race back to level it at 5-5. The games that will follow will be quite messy with both players holding match points but neither play too well with a high number of unforced errors coming of both racquets. Wozniacki will be able to hold her nerve more than the Aussie in the deciding games and she will take the match with a tight 2-6, 6-1, 8-6 scoreline.

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