Elise Mertens, 16th seeded Belgian defeated Kaia Kanepi in the 2nd round to set up a 3rd round clash against Caroline Garcia at the French Open 2020. On the other hand, Garcia also had a straight-sets victory over A. Sasnovich in the 2nd round.
Elise Mertens, who has played some good tennis over the past month, will again have to be on top of her game to defeat Caroline Garcia and progress into Round 4.
Elise Mertens vs Caroline Garcia: Preview
Elise Mertens, reached the quarterfinals at the US Open and at the Italian Open 2020, she has since carried on her momentum at the French Open this year. She defeated Margarita Gasparyan in straight sets in the 1st round, followed up by defeating Kaia Kanepi in another straight-sets victory on Wednesday.
Caroline Garcia, had a difficult start to the clay-court season, losing in the 2nd round at the Istanbul Open and in the 2nd round at the Italian Open. However, she has returned to playing her best tennis in the opening rounds of the French Open 2020. She defeated 17th seed, Anett Kontaveit in three sets in the 1st round and defeated A.Sasnovich in straight sets in the 2nd round to set up a Round 3 clash with Mertens.
Elise Mertens vs Caroline Garcia: Head-to-Head
Caroline Garcia and Elise Mertens have faced each other two times in the past with Caroline Garcia being victorious on both occasions. The duo first faced off in 2017 at Beijing where Garcia won in straight sets. Their last meeting was the Davis Cup tie between France and Belgium (in 2019) where Garcia once again was victorious in straight sets.
Elise Mertens vs Caroline Garcia: Prediction
The 3rd round match between Elise Mertens and Caroline Garcia is expected to be a thriller with both players backing their chances to progress into Round 3. Garcia has the mental edge over Mertens has beaten her on two previous occasions. However, Elise Mertens comes into the match as the favourite to progress into Round 4 given the quality of tennis she has been playing since the past month.
Match Prediction: Elise Mertens to defeat Caroline Garcia in 3 sets