22nd seed Madison Keys of the United States will face France’s Caroline Garcia in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Thursday, May 26. and tips here.
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Madison Keys vs. Caroline Garcia head-to-head
Keys leads the neck-and-neck race against Garcia 2-1. But the two have not clashed since the 2018 Australian Open, where the American won that match in straight sets.
Keys stops the rot by defeating Kalinskaya
Madison Keys ended their triple losing streak with a narrow win over Anna Kalinskaya. The American was one of the most vulnerable seeded players to fall in the opening round. Her clay-court campaign ahead of the French Open was not the most fruitful period of her 2022 season.
Keys lost three of her four matches on the dirt prior to this week, cooling off her dazzling form over the first three months of the calendar playing tennis at a frenetic pace.
In the first set against Kalinskaya, Keys appeared to have rediscovered her mojo as she quickly took a 5-1 lead. When Kalinskaya clawed back one of the breaks, it was all a little too late as Keys bagged the set 6-3.
The second set was on a swing with lots of momentum shifts. Ultimately, it was the Russian world No. 86 who kept his composure in the crucial moments, showing a little more consistency on serve to equalize.
With momentum on her side, Kalinskaya took a break of serve in the playoff to take a 2-1 lead. But that lead didn’t last long as Keys restored parity and overcame her opponent with brute force. And in the tenth game of the set, the number 22 seeded American broke again to win.
Garcia impresses in front of his home crowd
Caroline Garcia was playing her first game on European clay court swing on the Suzanne Lenglen court. But it almost felt like the Frenchwoman hadn’t missed a ball in recent weeks.
Garcia defeated an in-form Taylor Townsend in straight sets, firing seven aces and averaging just over 70% of first serve points won. She also broke the American three times in the contest.
Townsend has been in fine form in recent months, having reached back-to-back quarter-finals at two ITF events in the United States and also winning the ITF tournament in Charleston in early May.
But despite all that momentum, it was nothing as Garcia showed her steely determination and fed on the energy of the crowd to claim just her seventh win in a very difficult season.
Garcia has progressed past the second round just three times in 11 main draw games at the French Open. Can she do it against the number 22 Madison Keys?
Keys v Garcia prediction and tip
Keys is heavily favored to win, but I’m not entirely convinced the American has found her footing on clay. In comparison, Garcia has not played any matches on clay before this week. Winning both players a set seems like a viable option here.
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