In the third round clash at the French Open 2021, World No. 15 and the 14th seeded Elise Mertens will be up against World No. 18 and the 17th seed Maria Sakkari.
|Tournament||French Open 2021|
|Match||Elise Mertens vs Maria Sakkari|
|Date||5th June, 2021|
|Prize Money||$136,787 (INR 1,00,04,396 approx.)|
Elise Mertens vs Maria Sakkari : Preview
Elise Mertens reaches the 3rd round for the 5th time in 6 appearances at the French Open. She comes into the 3rd round from 3-set win in the second round after having won the first round in straight-sets.
Mertens has a decent record on Clay this year but is yet to play in a final so far on Clay. An untimely injury forced her off in the 2021 Madrid Open quarter-finals against eventual winner Aryna Sabalenka, which remains her best result so far this season on the soil.
Maria Sakkari reaches the 3rd round for the third time but is yet to go past it and will be eying to accomplish that feat this time around at the ongoing French Open 2021. She comes into the tie with consecutive straight-wins in both of her previous matches.
Maria has not had much success on Clay this season having failed to go past the Round of 16 and will be looking to improve on that record at the biggest stage of clay tournaments.
Elise Mertens vs Maria Sakkari : Head to Head
The two players will meet for the first time in almost 2 years. They have met 7 times on the tour with Sakkari winning their only Clay meeting so far. Mertens however leads the head-to-head tie 4-3 having dominated Sakkari on Hardcourts.
Elise Mertens vs Maria Sakkari : Prediction
It will be an interesting clash between the two as Sakkari looks more comfortable than Mertens at the tournament. Both have been decent players on Clay so it will be a good competition between them. Sakkari however remains the favourite against a little rusty Mertens who had to stage a comeback in the 2nd round after losing the first set. But the match has potential to swing either ways.
Prediction: Maria Sakkari to win in 3-sets in the 3rd round of the French Open 2021