WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up French Open tips for a third-round clash between last-Aussie-standing Daria Gavrilova and in-form Martina Trevisan.
22:30 (AEST), Fri 27th May @ Stade de Roland Garros, Paris
History: First meeting
Final Thoughts: Aussie Daria Gavrilova is making a surprise charge during the first week of the French Open, belying her world No.127 ranking.
After thrashing qualifier Valentini Grammatikopoulou 6-1 6-2 in the opening round, the 28-year-old upset 32nd seed and two-time grand slam winner Petra Kvitova 6-4 6-2.
Gavrilova’s 2021 season was virtually wiped out by an Achilles injury but a quarter-final run at the Miami Open in March hinted she was rediscovering some of her best form. She’s now hunting just the third fourth-round appearance in a grand slam, after career-best Round of 16 appearances at the 2016-17 Australian Opens.
Italy’s Martina Trevisan represents a huge test on Friday, however. The world No.57 has barely missed a beat in disposing of Heather Dart 6-0 6-2 and Magda Linette (6-3 6-2).
Trevisan warmed up for the French Open by winning the Morocco Open last week. Shen beat top seed and grand slam winner Garbine Muguruza and seventh seed Arantxa Rus on her way to a maiden WTA title.
A clay-court specialist, Trevisan has not made it past the second round in the other three major but was a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros in 2020.
Both players look confident and have found their rhythm, though Trevisan’s momentum from Morocco – along with a better clay pedigree – is a handy edge. But I’m expecting this one to go the distance. Gavrilova is certainly capable of another upset result but Trevisan is a deserving favourite.