French Open Tips & Preview – Elise Mertens V Coco Gauff

WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up French Open tips for a fourth-round clash between dark horses Elise Mertens and Coco Gauff.

21:30 (AEST), Sun 29th May @ Stade de Roland Garros, Paris

History: Played 1: Gauff 1 V Mertens 0

Last meeting: Eastbourne international, 2021 (R32): Gauff d Mertens 0-6 7-6 7-5

Final Thoughts: Elise Mertens and Coco Gauff have barely put a foot wrong on their way to the French Open’s Round of 16.

The winner of this clash will spy a big opportunity to reach a maiden grand slam final from the half of the draw that does not include runaway title favourite Iga Swiatek.

Mertens, the 31st seed, cruised past Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-3 6-1 in the opening round before Marie Bouzkova pulled out of their second-round clash. The 26-year-old then disposed of Varvara Gracheva.

An Australian Open semi-finalist in 2018, Mertens’ best previous performance at Roland Garros was reaching the fourth round that year. It’s been a disappointing season so far on the whole for the Belgian since here Round of 16 effort at the Australian Open, with a limited clay-court build-up to this tournament.

Gauff, still only 18 but in her third French Open, is aiming to match – and then exceed – her career-best slam performance of making the quarter-finals in Paris last year. There her run was halted by eventual champ Barbora Krejcikova.

The American 15th seed scored some encouraging wins in Madrid and Rome earlier this month and her form has continued on an upward trajectory at the French Open. Gauff, the fourth-highest seed remaining in the women’s draw, is yet to drop a set or lose more than seven games in eliminating Rebecca Marino, Alison Van Uytvanck and Australian Open surprise packet Kaia Kanepi.

Gauff committed just 12 unforced errors against Kanepi, but Mertens is an ultra-consistent performer who is serving well. This shapes as a real test of patience and mental fortitude for Gauff, but she has more firepower in her kitbag than Mertens and is well-placed to progress on her current wave of confidence and momentum.

Tip: Set Betting – Gauff 2-0 @ $2.00