Laura Siegemund of Germany, ranked 66th in the world, will play compatriot, the 41st-ranked Julia Goerges, in the second round of the 2020 French Open. This match will be played on Thursday, October 1st, and could begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST or 6 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Laura Siegemund v Julia Goerges match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Laura Siegemund v Julia Goerges Head to Head
The pair have played each other twice before, although the first encounter was back in their junior days in a 10K tournament back in their native Germany.
Goerges won on that occasion, but it was Siegemund who emerged victorious from their only previous match on the senior WTA tour in the semi-final in Bastad in 2016. Both matches were played on clay, and both went to three sets,
Siegemund Benefits from Mladenovic Meltdown
For the second successive year Siegemund is into the second round in Paris but she has never been further.
That said, she was given a big helping hand by her opponent Kristina Mladenovic of France, who suffered a meltdown when seemingly in control of their first round match on Tuesday.
The Frenchwoman broke the Siegemund serve twice and raced to a 5-1 lead, and then had a set point in the German’s next service game.
However, she allowed herself to be distracted by a ball that she claimed had bounced twice from Siegemund but which the umpire had failed to spot. Her concentration began to falter and she lost her service, and then squandered five more set points in the game that followed.
Siegemund took full advantage, broke the Mladenovic service twice, and went on to claim the set 7-5.
The pair swapped breaks at the start of the second set, but the decisive moment came in the eighth game when Mladenovic dropped hers once more. Siegemund went on to close out the match.
The German had earlier crashed out of the second round at Palermo in the only clay court tournament she played this season, but juxtapose that with the record she had at the DTB German Pro exhibition series during the pandemic break where she won 11 of her 13 matches and you have a player who could surprise a few here.
Goerges Usurps 19th Seed in Tournament Opener
Although she has been a quarter-finalist – or better – in all the other Grand Slam events, Goerges has never been beyond the fourth round in Paris. That’s something she hopes to emulate after one of the better victories of her recent career, upsetting the number 19 seed, Alison Riske of the USA, in their first-round encounter on Tuesday.
She began well by breaking the Riske serve in the first game of the match, and, although Riske broke back, she immediately claimed the advantage once more and another break later in the ninth game she had clinched the set.
Riske dropped her serve twice more at the start of the second set, but Goerges could not build on that, and allowed the American to level. That meant that the set went to a tie-breaker, and this time around the higher-ranked American pocketed the set to take it to the decider.
After the pair swapped breaks at the start of the third set, Riske was broken again, and her game deserted her. She did not win a single game after that, and Goerges romped through the set 6-1, bringing an end to a match that had lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Once a world number nine, Goerges had lost her only other match on clay this year, a defeat that came at the hands of Danka Kovinic in Rome. It was a shocker, with the German going down 6-1, 6-0.
Siegemund v Goerges Prediction and Tip
Siegemund, although the lower ranked of the pair, will start as slight favourite by dint of the fact that she won their only previous encounter on the senior WTA tour. Both of their previous matches went to three sets though, and it would not be a surprise if the same thing were to happen again.
Tip: Siegemend to win in three sets: 15/4 (bet365)