Fourth seeded Sofia Kenin of USA will take on Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday, October 5. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Sofia Kenin v Fiona Ferro match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sofia Kenin v Fiona Ferro Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between these two players with the first having come at the 2017 Charleston Open qualifiers. Kenin had beaten Ferro in straight sets on clay there.
Kenin Blows Bara Away
In a performance reminiscent of her Australian Open campaign, Kenin wasted no time on court for her third round match against Irina Bara, defeating 6-2, 6-0 to march into round four. And in making the fourth round, this is the second successive season at which Kenin has reached that stage of the French Open, having also done that at the US Open earlier this year.
The Australian Open winner needed just an hour and 12 minutes to get past the first-timer Romanian Bara, as she broke her six times in the match. While Kenin was herself broken once, that acted as a fuel for her to get going as she romped to 12 straight games from there on and pocketed the match with the most consummate ease.
The manner of this win would have come as a huge relief for Kenin who had earlier been pushed to three sets in each of her first two rounds. In her opener, she dropped the second set to Luidmilla Samsonova before needing to overcome a one set deficit to get past Ana Bogdan, another Romanian.
Now she faces the local Fiona Ferro, who has shown equal parts fighting capabilities and agility to make it to her maiden fourth round appearance at a Grand Slam. Can Kenin take advantage of her opponent’s debut in the second week of a Slam?
Ferro Comes Through in a Match of Swinging Fortunes
Neither player were willing to give an inch in the first two sets when Ferro took on Patricia Maria Tig in her third round match.
Twice in the first set, Tig went up a break but Ferro showed tremendous spirit in kicking back and took the set to a tie-breaker. The two found it difficult to hold their serves to begin with in the tie-breaker, and kept neck in neck through, with only one instance of either taking a two-point lead at any time during it.
Ferro went from 3-1 up to 3-4 down before getting her first set point at 6-5, and followed it up with another at 7-6 and 8-7 before wrapping up the set at 9-7.
The second set went on serve for the first seven games when Tig finally broke Ferro to get an opportunity to serve out the set. She dropped her serve but then broke again to win the second and push it into the decider.
At this stage, however, Ferro took the match away from Tig in a jiffy, breaking her in the first, third and fifth game and wrapping it up to love.
The Frenchwoman had earlier stunned Elena Rybakina in the previous round, following on from her first round win over Heather Watson.
Kenin v Ferro Prediction and Tip
Kenin, who is currently 14/1 to win the title at the French Open, is currently 4/5 to win this one, which is quite narrow odds given the difference in their rankings. Expecting this to go into a third set too, but a safer punt will be from the games market.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 4/5 (bet365)