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French Open 2015: Top 5 matches to watch on Day 6

Jai Prakash
SENIOR ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
1.53K   //    28 May 2015, 19:52 IST

Former champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams progressed to the third round in contrasting fashions on Thursday. With third round action beginning on Friday, here are 5 matches you shouldn’t miss:

  1. Ana Ivanovic Vs Donna Vekic 

2008 champion Ana Ivanovic has looked a little edgy in her first two round matches here so far. Donna Vekic surprised everyone by taking out Caroline Garcia in the opening round. With the No. 7 seed not looking at her best yet, Vekic has her best chance of making it to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. 

Ivanovic has not been able to produce consistent tennis which was reflected in her outings at the Madrid and Rome Masters. Expect this match to be a close three-setter.

This is the first meeting between the two women on the tour.

Match Time: 2:30 p.m IST.

  1. Garbine Muguruza Vs Angelique Kerber 

Both Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber come into their third round clash without dropping a set. Muguruza stunned the world last year by knocking out Serena Williams in the second round. Kerber reached her best result in Paris three years ago when she reached the quarterfinal stage for the first time.

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It will be a tough task for Kerber against Muguruza, who has the crowd behind her. This match can go the distance as well. Kerber leads their head-to-head 3-0. Their last match was in Sydney earlier this year.

Match Time: Around 6 p.m IST.

  1. Samantha Stosur Vs Maria Sharapova

Samantha Stosur couldn’t have asked for a better preapration to Roland Garros as she won the title in Strasbourg just before the start of the French Open. However, she will have her task cut out against the defending champion Maria Sharapova on Friday. 

Sharapova looked at ease in the first two rounds here. The Rome Masters victory has bolstered the Russian’s confidence after her loss against Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Madrid semifinal. The No. 2 seed leads the Australian 14-2 in 16 matches played between the duo.

Match Time: Around 6 p.m IST.

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