TennisSection previews the 2021 French Open as Petra Kvitova (11) meets Greet Minen in the First Round on Sunday, May 30th 2021.
Eleventh seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic will face unseeded Belgian Qualifier Greet Minnen in the First Round here at the 2021 French Open. This seems like a mismatch on paper, can the unfancied Minnen cause the stunning upset here at Roland Garros 2021, or will the veteran Kvitova advance as expected?
Petra Kvitova is currently ranked #12 in the WTA world rankings and is the eleventh seed here at Roland Garros. The former Grand Slam winner has been in relatively quiet form lately, and will be hoping for a strong showing here at the 2021 French Open. Back to back Quarter-Final appearances in Stuttgart and Madrid have been the highlights of her clay court season and she knows she can do better here. Last year’s Semi-Finalist, she has struggled with lack of form and injuries since, but is seemingly back to full health now. Her game doesn’t translate well to this surface, but she finds ways to win with her big serve and forehand. Despite her struggles, she enters this match against Greet Minnen as the heavy favorite, and will expect to advance to the Second Round here at Roland Garros 2021.
Greet Minnen is currently ranked #125 in the WTA world rankings, and enters the main draw here at Roland Garros 2021 having come through the Qualifying Rounds. A relative unknown on the WTA Tour, she mainly plies her trade at the lower level events, and will be delighted to have made the main draw. A very consistent baseline player, she lacks the firepower that is necessary to trouble the top players and her results have shown this. The Belgian has been having a poor year so far, and it would appear that it is about to get worse as she faces a quality opponent in Petra Kvitova, and it would truly take a miracle for her to advance here at the 2021 French Open.
This will be the third time that the two players have faced each other on the WTA tour, and Kvitova leads the head to head series 2-0. Greet Minnen failed to win a set in either of those two encounters, and I expect it to be no different here at the 2021 French Open. The Belgian is quite simply not on her opponent’s level, and it is very unlikely that this match will even be remotely competitive. I expect Petra Kvitova to dominate this match from start to finish, advancing to the Second Round here at Roland Garros 2021.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Petra Kvitova to win in straight sets.