World number 79 Joao Sousa will take on Taipei’s qualifier Jason Tseng in the first round of the 2022 French Open on Tuesday, May 24. Get the live streaming options of this Joao Sousa v Jason Tseng match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Joao Sousa v Jason Tseng Head to Head
In their only previous meeting which came in the 2019 Miami Open, Sousa had defeated Tseng in straight sets to move into the second round.
Sousa Has Had an Interesting Year
It has been a year of two halves for Sousa. Ranked 79th in the world at the moment, it’s difficult to think of how the 33-year-old Sousa has still managed to make it to the two ATP event finals already this season.
And he won one of them – on the hard courts of Pune – while finishing runnerup at Geneva in a tournament just prior to the start of this year’s French Open.
What’s even more interesting to note is Sousa had gone into each one of those matches he won at Geneva as a second-favourite.
Each of Pablo Andujar, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Ilya Ivashka and Richard Gasquet were favourites in those matches and Sousa overcame them all to make it to the final before going down to Casper Ruud. And even that wasn’t as straightforward for Ruud, who needed a third set tie-breaker to tie Sousa down.
With that kind of form, you would expect Sousa to start off with a lot of confidence but one quick thing to note here is his form in tournaments other than the aforementioned two has been appalling – 10-16 win-loss.
Tseng Hoping to Up the Ante
Tseng made his Grand Slam debut earlier this year at the Australian Open. And while he had made it to the main draw there as a wildcard, he has managed to qualify for this edition of the French Open by going through the grind and winning those three qualifying rounds.
The Taipei player has had a good run on the lower circuits too. Just 20 years of age, he has already won four Futures and three Challenger titles, including a couple of Challenger titles this year itself.
As a result of those victories, Tseng has moved up 80 places – he was 190th at the beginning of the season – and would know another strong showing or two in the weeks to come could help him break into the top 100.
Can he get himself that maiden Grand Slam win on a surface Tseng has usually done well on?
Sousa v Tseng Prediction and Tip
Sousa might have done well in recent times but strangely he doesn’t start off as a favourite against a player ranked 31 places behind him. In fact there’s not much to choose between the two – Sousa is 10/11 to win this while Tseng starts off at 5/6.