Roland Garros Day 3 Preview
Published May 23, 2011 10:45
Tuesday, First Round
Virginie Razzano (FRA #96) vs.  Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS #26)
Head-to-Head: Tied at 1-1
Win or lose, it's going to be a lonely day at the office for Gajdosova, up against a much-loved French player who sadly lost her fiancé and former coach to a brain tumor last week. Days before he passed away, Stéphane Vidal insisted Virginie should still play this tournament, and that is what she has bravely chosen to do. But even with all the support in the world, it's going to take a very special effort by the rangy 28-year-old to unseat Gajdosova, who has been something of a revelation this year, and seems to have the Top 20 in sight. It will be interesting to see how she, too, handles what promises to be a very emotional occasion.
Johanna Larsson (SWE #64) vs.  Ana Ivanovic (SRB #21)
Head-to-Head: Ivanovic leads 1-0
One of three former champions in the field, Ivanovic is clearly in a far better place than she was 12 months ago. However, undermined by various physical niggles, the 23-year-old star has been unable to build consistent momentum this season after a hugely encouraging end to 2010. All things being equal, she should still have too much game for 22-year-old Larsson. But the steadily rising Swede has been to two International level semifinals on clay this year, and flagged her potential with an upset of Li Na at Miami. If the left wrist injury that forced Ivanovic to withdraw from Strasbourg is still an issue, she'll be ready to pounce.
 Andrea Petkovic (GER #12) vs. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB #50)
Head-to-Head: First meeting
As Petkovic has noted, her high seeding was rendered somewhat unhelpful when Jovanovski was drawn as her opening opponent. Indeed, while the 23-year-old German is on a roll after her second title win at Strasbourg, and is seemingly headed for the Top 10 with a bullet, Jovanovski also reached a new peak this week (and is now the youngest player in the Top 50). Though 1-7 against Top 15 opponents to date, the 19-year-old Serb is very much a star in the making, and will give Petkovic as good as she gets in the power stakes. It would be glib to say the younger player has nothing to lose today, but she should be able to play with less pressure - and that will only make her more dangerous.
More to watch…
Seventh-seeded Maria Sharapova begins her quest to complete a career Grand Slam second on Chatrier, against Mirjana Lucic. No.2 seed Kim Clijsters - making her first appearance here in five years - is last on Lenglen against Anastasiya Yakimova. Sixth seed Li Na opens her account against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Court 1, where fourth seed Victoria Azarenka will tackle another Czech, Andrea Hlavackova. Dominika Cibulkova, the No.22 seed, plays Vania King on Court 3, and unseeded Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues faces Italian qualifier Corinna Dentoni first up on Court 4.