After both players came from a set down in the second round to pull off expected wins, 2019 French-Open quarterfinalist Petra Martić clashes with Laura Siegemund in this third-round fixture of the 2020 French Open. The match begins at around 3:30 pm local time (2:30 pm BST or 9:30 am Eastern Time) on Saturday, October 3. Get the live streaming options of this Petra Martić v Laura Siegemund match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Petra Martić v Laura Siegemund Head to Head
This will be the second ever meeting between the two players. Their first and only ever clash came in Bucharest, Romania, when Martić beat Siegemund 2-1 in an entertaining 32-game affair.
Petra Martić comes into the matchup ranked as the tournament’s 13th seed. Despite her high ranking, her record on clay surfaces is a below average 141-79; although her 2020 record on clay stands at a respectable 6-3 win record, translating to a 67% success rate on the surface so far this year.
Not to be outdone, Laura Siegemund’s 2020 win record on clay stands at 6-2, translating to an even better 75% success rate on the surface so far for the year. Her all-time win record on the surface is 252-124, although she has an inferior WTA ranking, positioned at number 66, 49 spots worse than Martić’s 17th place WTA ranking.
Martić Hoping to Better Best-Ever Grand Slam Finish
Despite having played in 34 Grand Slam tournaments so far, Petra Martić’s best ever finish in any major tournament is a single quarter-final berth: at last year’s French Open. This year, she’ll be hoping to at least better that result, or even go further. She comes in as one of the tournament’s highest-rated seeds, albeit her two performances so far have been more entertaining than title worthy.
In her first round match, she might have won against Miskai Doi in straight sets, but her vulnerabilities were clearly evident in a match that she was initially expected to cruise in.
She came back in the first set to clinch a tie-breaking win but still managed to turn the second set into a shaky affair, eventually winning 7-5 in the end.
Martic managed to show some grit in her second-round clash as she came from behind to win against a rising rookie in Veronika Kudermetova, although, again, the argument can be made that such an affair should have never tilted towards the nervy affair that it turned out to be.
Now, she has the chance to show her true intent for the tournament as she faces an unseeded Laura Siegemund, yet even a supposedly straight affair on paper has the bookies scratching their minds.
Hidden Value in The Underdog?
To be clear, Petra Martić is still the favorite for the match, but her favorite’s tag has a hidden clause attached to it. In a matchup where she should be the clear favorite, a lot of the bookies have her closer to evens than to a clear straight-sets winner.
Laura Siegemund can prey on this uncertainty. Despite being older, she has less experience in the French Open than Petra Martić. In fact, her current third-round berth matches her best ever performance in a singles Grand Slam tournament.
But as many matches have shown so far in this year’s French Open, tournament rankings and experience only go so far in helping clear favorites.
Siegemund has had a stellar opening in both her singles and doubles matches, and such momentum could be invaluable in driving her forth against an opponent who has had a shaky start to the tournament.
In an alternate universe, she might have even started the match as the clear favorite, but with a doubles game a day before this match, and other slight factors going against her, it slowly becomes clear why the bookies have Petra Martić as the favorite.
Martić v Siegemund Prediction and tip
As many prior first and second-round matches have already shown, games in this tournament are hard to call. Petra Martić, however, carries a slight advantage with her that can’t be overlooked.
She has more rest and training time, greater tournament experience, a higher WTA ranking, and having already found a way to overcome Siegemund once before, she might use this as an opportunity to stamp some authority in the tournament. Therefore, the greater surprise might not be who ends up winning the match, but how long it ultimately takes Petra Martić to cast her dominance in the tie.
Tip: Martic to win: 11/20 (bet365)