The world number 24 Maria Sakkari of Greece will take on Italy’s qualifier and 159th-ranked Martina Trevisan in the third round of the 2020 French Open. The match begins at around 11 am local time (10 am BST or 5 am Eastern Time) on Friday, October 2. This will begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST or 6 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Maria Sakkari v Martina Trevisan match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Maria Sakkari v Martina Trevisan Head to Head
There has been no previous match between Sakkari and Trevisan before this.
Sakkari Proves too Strong for Rakhimova
19-year-old and 182nd-ranked Kamilla Rakhimova had her chances in the opening set of her second round match against Sakkari but the Greek showed her mettle by riding the storm and then closing out easily.
Things went on serve till the sixth game of the opening set as Sakkari found it difficult to find way past her inexperienced but doughty opponent. In the seventh game, Sakkari missed two opportunities to break her opponent before finally clinching the break but when she failed to serve it out in the 10th game, it looked like Rakhimova would take a mental edge into the tie-breaker.
Sakkari had other ideas. She got a mini-break on the very first point and then held on to take a 3-0 lead, and with Rakhimova finding it tougher to hold on, she capitulated against the aggression of Sakkari, losing 7-0.
There was no looking back for the Greek number one who then broke her opponent twice in the second set and while she failed to serve it out at 5-1, Sakkari broke Rakhimova for the third time in the set to complete the win.
She had earlier swept past Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round, 6-0, 7-5, and will now aim to make it a hat-trick of fourth round appearances at a Grand Slam after having done so at the Australian Open and the US Open too.
Trevisan Holds Tough, Sees off Gauff
It was never going to be easy playing Cori Gauff but the manner in which Trevisan fought on multiple occasions throughout the match and came through in three would act as a huge boost to the 26-year-old.
There was this one occasion that specially comes to mind when Trevisan was serving for the match in the final set of a tense battle and at deuce, Gauff hit what looked to be a shot too long. The chair umpire quickly overruled the call and instead of being on match-point, the Italian faced a break-point.
A dismayed Trevisan argued to no avail and then just smiled and shrugged it off. Surely enough the point affected her, she was broken and Gauff levelled things off at 5-5. Trevisan was forced to a deuce of her own in the next game but she soldiered on to carve out a hold and clinched the match by breaking Gauff in the 12th game of the set, off the very first match-point she got.
This was after Gauff had raced off to a 4-0 lead in the first set which she would clinch 6-4 and then break Trevisan in the very first game of the second.
A qualifier, Trevisan had earlier beaten fellow Camila Giorgi who had to retire from their match in the second set.
Sakkari v Trevisan Prediction and Tip
It’s interesting to note that other than a shock first round loss to Kristyna Pliskova at the Palermo Open earlier this year, all of Sakkari’s defeats this season have come to strong, top players – Naomi Osaka, Donna Vekic, Petra Kvitova, Elena Rybakina, Aryna Sabalenka (twice), Johanna Konta and Serena Williams. Sakkari, typically doesn’t have an issue getting the lower-ranked players and this should be no different.
Tip: Sakkari to win: 3/10 (bet365)