Two unseeded players will collide for a place in the last-eight when Laura Siegemund takes on Paula Badosa Gibert in the fourth round at the French Open 2020. It has been a breakthrough event for both the women as they have never even reached the Round of 16 at any Grand Slam in the past, let alone making it to the quarterfinals.
Laura Siegemund vs Paula Badosa Gibert: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Siegemund has recorded upsets wins in every round. After taking down home favourite Kristina Mladenovic and compatriot Julia Georges in the first and second round respectively, the 32-year old German recorded the most shocking victory over 13th-seed Petra Martic in the Round of 32. Laura outclassed Martic 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 to book her maiden ticket for the fourth round of any Major.
Similarly, Badosa Gibert sent shockwaves when she defeated former US Open champion and 29th-seed Sloane Stephens in the second round. The 22-year old Spaniard then bamboozled former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in the third round. Gibert, like Laura, advanced to her first ever Round of 16 match at any Grand Slam.
Laura Siegemund vs Paula Badosa Gibert: Head-to-Head
The head-to-head record at present stands at 1-1. Their last meeting came in 2019 in Round of 16 in Karlsruhe, where Badosa Gibert sailed past Laura Siegemund in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
Laura Siegemund vs Paula Badosa Gibert: Prediction
It is an encounter where both the women have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Purely based on rankings, expect Siegemund to come out triumphant from the contest and regain the lead in head-to-head meets. However, that doesn’t take away the fact that it is going to be an edge-of-a-seat thriller contest.
Match Prediction: Laura Siegemund defeats Paula Badosa Gibert in a hard-fought encounter that is certain to go to the distance.