Angelique Kerber vs Ekaterina Makarova
Competition: WTA French Open (Roland Garros)
Date: 28 May 2017
Kick-off: 11:00 CET
Angelique Kerber vs Ekaterina Makarova: Preview
In one of the most interesting matches of the first round, number 2 in the WTA rankings, Angelique Kerber will meet Ekaterina Makarova. Kerber has failed so far to confirm her stellar season from last year. It would have been hard to achieve similar results since last year she was playing at an insane level that brought her the first position in the rankings. The german was below par in the first part of this season but at least she was trying. Once we entered the clay season her game just collapsed. Getting bageled by Kontaveit in Rome and almost a similar result with Bouchard in Madrid paint a dark image regarding Kerber’s form on clay. She didn’t mention having any serious injuries and if she had one it wasn’t visible during her matches.
Makarova hasn’t done much better this season either. Outside of a fourth round at Australian Open she hasn’t managed any deep runs at other tournaments so far. Basically the highlights of her season so far have been the three wins she managed against Cibulkova, a player that she hasn’t beaten before and that is currently ranked inside the top 5. To be fair this is what a normal season looks like for the russian as she never really excelled anywhere but rather surprised from time to time with a decent run of results.
Angelique Kerber vs Ekaterina Makarova: H2h stats
The h2h score is 7-4 in favour of the german with their only meeting on clay being also won by her in 2015 in Stuttgart. That was actually their last meeting as well since Kerber retired prior to their match in Sydney in 2016.
Angelique Kerber vs Ekaterina Makarova: Prediction
Normally I wouldn’t trust Makarova but the russian has been much more alive on clay so far with wins against Radwanska, Vinci or Cibulkova. Neither Kerber nor Makarova are clay courters but, given the fact that Kerber was basically humiliated in her last tournaments, I expect the russian to at least take a set and maybe even send the german home early.
Angelique Kerber vs Ekaterina Makarova: Tips
- Makarova +1.5 sets @ 1.60