Fixture: Serena Williams vs Kristie Ahn
Date: 28 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: Approx. 4 pm CEST, 7.30 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - NBC Sport / Tennis Channel | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
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Serena Williams vs Kristie Ahn preview
One of the biggest storylines coming into this Grand Slam, as it has been for the last couple of years, is Serena Williams' quest for her 24th Grand Slam singles title. Williams turned 39 years old on Saturday, and for a change does not come into the tournament as a top favorite.
Over the past few years, the American has experienced a lot of pressure at the Majors with No. 24 being so close. In that context, it might be interesting to see if the fact that she is not the big favorite will work to her advantage.
Serena has won the French Open on three occasions, the last of them coming in 2015.
Since the return of the tour in August, the 39-year-old suffered earlier than expected defeats at the tune-up events on the American hardcourts. She then reached the semifinals of the US Open, where she lost to a resurgent Victoria Azarenka.
Her opponent in the first round is compatriot Kristie Ahn, who is ranked No. 102 in the world. Ahn is best known for making the fourth round of the US Open last year, but is yet to win a main draw match at the French Open.
The 28-year-old also gained quite an online following during the lockdown with her fun, quirky videos on social media.
Serena Williams vs Kristie Ahn head-to-head
Serena Williams leads Kristie Ahn 1-0 in the head-to-head rivalry. Williams scored a 7-5, 6-3 win over Ahn in the first round of the US Open last month.
Serena Williams vs Kristie Ahn prediction
On paper, Serena Williams, who is already considered by many to be the Greatest of All Time, is the overwhelming favorite in this match. But although she is driven by her desire to win a 24th Grand Slam singles title, clay remains her weakest surface.
The cool and humid conditions will not help her either, and as it has occasionally been seen in the past, Serena can be her own worst enemy. If she gets frustrated by the slowness of the court and looks to rush her shots, she might end up making a few too many unforced errors.
The two will be playing in the first round of a Grand Slam event for the second Major in a row. Ahn has solid groundstrokes, but does not have as many weapons as the powerful 23-time Grand Slam champion. She will need to play her very best to have a chance of an upset here.
Prediction: Serena Williams to win in straight sets.
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