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Roland Garros: Jennifer Brady vs Clara Tauson preview, head-to-head & prediction | French Open 2020

Jennifer Brady
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Modified 28 Sep 2020, 22:06 IST
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Fixture: Jennifer Brady vs Clara Tauson

Date: 29 September 2020

Tournament: Roland Garros 2020

Round: First round (Round of 128)

Venue: Paris, France

Category: Grand Slam

Surface: Red clay

Prize money: Approx. €38,000,000

Match timing: 11 am CEST, 2.30 pm IST

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Jennifer Brady vs Clara Tauson preview

The US Open gave tennis a new star in Jennifer Brady. The American produced some scintillating tennis to make the semis at Flushing Meadows, before ultimately falling to eventual winner Naomi Osaka.

Brady is arguably the most improved WTA player this year, and she has won 10 of her 12 matches since the resumption of the tour. That included her title win at Lexington, which she did without dropping a set.

Even at the US Open, Jennifer Brady didn't drop a set until she had to face Osaka. The 25-year-old has been thoroughly dominant during the hard-court swing, playing the best tennis of her caeer.

But with the attention now shifted to the clay-courts, it will be really interesting to see how well Brady does and how quickly she can adapt to the conditions at Roland Garros. This year will see the French Open being played in colder and more damp conditions, which Brady will probably stand to benefit from.

The American will open her 2020 French Open campaign against Danish teenager Clara Tauson.

Clara Tauson
Clara Tauson
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Tauson will also likely relish these conditions. The 17-year-old likes playing on clay and boasts of a powerful game that often sees her hitting winners from difficult positions on the court, especially off the forehand wing.

This will be Clara Tauson’s first appearance in the main draw of any Grand Slam event. The Dane has battled past three qualifiers to get here, and comes into this encounter with more match-practice than Jennifer Brady.

Brady, on her part, will be hoping to bring her US Open form to Roland Garros. She has never made the second week in Paris, and would be looking to change that record.

Jennifer Brady vs Clara Tauson head-to-head

Jennifer Brady
Jennifer Brady

The head-to-head between Jennifer Brady and Clara Tauson currently stands at 0-0, and this will be their first match-up on tour.

Jennifer Brady vs Clara Tauson prediction

Jennifer Brady has shown great all-round development lately, and right now there aren't too many weaknesses in her game.

The American is a very strong baseliner and even stronger off her serve. Brady doesn’t particularly have a weak wing but can dictate the pace of any rally with her forehand.

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Jennifer Brady
Jennifer Brady

What sets her apart is the way she tactically approaches her game. Despite her ability to hit winners at will she knows exactly when to pull the trigger. Brady also has a pretty good second serve, which will hold her in good stead on clay.

Clara Tauson will have to be cautious in her approach as Brady can be an exceptional absorber of pace as well. It seems unlikely that the Dane can do much to hurt Brady, and the American should be expected to progress comfortably to the second round.

Prediction: Jennifer Brady to win in straight sets.


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Published 28 Sep 2020, 00:15 IST
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