WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up French Open tips for a third-round clash between 22nd seed Madison Keys and 16th seed Elena Rybakina.
00:30 (AEST), Sun 29th May @ Stade de Roland Garros, Paris
History: First meeting
Final Thoughts: This third-round showdown between mid-level seeds and powerful hitters shapes as an absolute ripper.
After tumbling out of the top-50 in 2021, Keys has enjoyed a resurgence this season with an Australian Open semi-final appearance and a quarter-final run at Indian Wells. The 27-year-old’s clay swing has been less auspicious but she has so far accounted for Anna Kalinskaya in three sets and the well-credentialled Caroline Garcia in two at the French Open.
Elina Rybakina has carved out a similar path to the last 32, overcoming Arantxa Rus in a three-setter before putting away Katie Volynets in dominant fashion 6-0 6-4. The 22-year-old Kazakhstani, who became the first player from her country to break into the top-15 earlier this year, made the Round of 16 in Madrid and Rome.
Former US Open finalist Keys reached the French Open semis in 2018 and the quarters the following year. Rybakina enjoyed a breakout quarter-final run at Roland Garros last year – her best grand slam performance to date – including a win over Serena Williams.
A real flip of the coin with both players looking good in the first two rounds, but both certainly capable of going to another level. It’s a matter of which player finds the extra gear first – and with Key’s grand slam experience, she looks the better value here as a $2.50 underdog.
FRENCH OPEN TIPS
|Camila Giorgi V Aryna Sabalenka||Games Handicap – Giorgi +3.5 @ $2.17|
|Shelby Rogers V Daria Kasatkina||Games Handicap – Rogers +3.5 @ $2.10|
|Jessica Pegula V Tamara Zidansek||Games Handicap – Zidansek +3.5 @ $2.20|