World No. 17 Angelique Kerber meets French and 215th place Elsa Jacquemot in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Thursday, May 26 Head and tips here.
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Angelique Kerber against Elsa Jacquemot head to head
No previous matches between Kerber and Jacquemot have been played before this clash at the French Open.
Kerber creates six in a row
When Kerber lost two out of two games on clay at the beginning of her season, things looked pretty downhill for the German, who had previously mostly fought her way through the hard court season.
However, Kerber seems to have hit a little purple speck here, giving her new hopes of going deep into this year’s French Open.
Victory at the Strasbourg Open was no easy feat given Kerber’s form and beating Kaja Juvan in the final would have been particularly satisfying. It was a three-setter, with all three sets going into a tiebreaker, and Kerber’s experience seems to stand out.
And in the first round here at Roland-Garros, Kerber continued to show that fight as she came back from a set to bring down Magdalena Frech in three. The German delivered a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 win after saving two match points in the final set.
Can Kerber keep its course?
Jacquemot rushes past Heather
It was going to be a lot tighter as it turned out as Jacquemot drove past slight favorite Heather Watson in their first round match.
19-year-old Jacquemot, who was awarded a wildcard for this tournament, prevailed 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 46 minutes to claim her first main draw win at a Grand Slam event.
Jacquemot sped away to a 3-0 lead before Watson clawed back one of the breaks, but that wasn’t enough as the Frenchwoman scooped the set off her opponent’s serve in the ninth game.
In the second it was Watson who got the early break but a breakback in game four and then again in game eight ended all hopes as Jacquemot marched into the second round.
Can the young French attack her much-vaunted opponent in this second-round encounter?
Kerber v Jacquemot prediction and tip
Kerber is the bookmakers’ favorite at 3/10 but the match could get tight here as Jacquemot is expected to fight back.
Top: Kerber wins AND over 19.5 games in the match: 7/5 (Click here to bet with bet365)
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