Fixture: Shelby Rogers vs Kamilla Rakhimova
Date: 27th 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
Timing: 11 am CEST, 2.30 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - NBC / Tennis Channel | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Shelby Rogers vs Kamilla Rakhimova preview
American Shelby Rogers has been playing some great tennis in 2020. The 27-year-old, who peaked at No. 48 in the rankings in 2017, ended last year as the World No. 174. But she comes into the French Open as the World No. 55, after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2020 US Open for the first time last month.
Rogers can surely compete with the big players on the biggest stages, having beaten Simona Halep at the 2017 Australian Open. In recent weeks she defeated Serena Williams at the Top Seed Open in Kentucky and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at the US Open.
Her opponent Kamilla Rakhimova is a 19-year-old big-hitter from Russia. Rakhimova has come through the qualifying draw where she scored three good wins, including one over the No. 1 seed in the qualifying draw Ann Li.
The Russian is currently ranked No. 182 in singles and has been mostly competing on the ITF circuit; she will be making her Grand Slam debut on Sunday. As a junior, Rakhimova peaked at No. 20 in the ITF rankings.
Shelby Rogers vs Kamilla Rakhimova head-to-head
This will be the first meeting between the two players and hence their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.
Shelby Rogers vs Kamilla Rakhimova prediction
Shelby Rogers has been playing some of her best tennis in recent weeks, and is certainly the favorite to win this match. The American comes into this tournament in great form, having just reached the quarterfinals of the US Open.
Kamilla Rakhimova, on the other hand, is an unknown entity for most tennis fans. It will be interesting to see how she fares in her first appearance at a Grand Slam, and that too against an in-form player.
Prediction: Shelby Rogers to win in straight sets.Published 26 Sep 2020, 14:26 IST