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French Open Monday: Alizé's Anniversary

Alizé Cornet kicks off her 10th Roland Garros campaign against Australian wildcard Ashleigh Barty.

Published May 25, 2014 12:14

French Open Monday: Alizé's Anniversary
Alizé Cornet

PARIS, France - French No.1 Alizé Cornet, Petra Kvitova and Samantha Stosur are among those getting their French Open campaigns underway on Monday.

Monday, First Round

Court Philippe Chatrier
[20] Alizé Cornet (FRA #21) vs. [WC] Ashleigh Barty (AUS #172)
Head-to-head:
first meeting
Alizé Cornet may not turn 25 until next January, but on Monday afternoon she will begin her 10th French Open campaign. Expectation levels surrounding the French No.1 are as high as ever, although they will have been tempered slightly by a recent dip in form. Since picking up the title in Katowice, Cornet has won just once, falling early in Madrid, Rome and Strasbourg. Her first round opponent is former junior star Ashleigh Barty, who, having been confined to the ITF Circuit for much of the season, will relish the opportunity to showcase her all-court skills on Chatrier.

Court Suzanne Lenglen
[5] Petra Kvitova (CZE #6) vs. Zarina Diyas (KAZ #86)
Head-to-head:
Diyas leads 1-0
Zarina Diyas may represent Kazakhstan, but received much of her tennis education in Prague, where she lived from five until her late teens. The Czech capital was also the location for her only career meeting with Petra Kvitova, whom she defeated in straight sets back in 2009. Since then, Czech No.1 Kvitova has established herself as one of the game's leading players and goes into their rematch as the heavy favorite. Despite the gap in their respective rankings, Kvitova is often vulnerable early on in majors, while Diyas has been racking up the wins lately - her run to the quarterfinals in Strasbourg took her tally for the year to 21.

Court 2
[19] Samantha Stosur (AUS #18) vs. Monica Puig (PUR #41)
Head-to-head
: first meeting
Monica Puig certainly talks a good game, and last week in Strasbourg she proved just as persuasive on the court, defeating Andrea Petkovic and Madison Keys on her way to a maiden WTA title. If the Puerto Rican is to keep her winning run going, though, she may need to raise her game further. Meeting her in the first round is former French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur, whose big forehand could cause plenty of problems for Puig's counterpunching game.

Also on court...
Former champion Maria Sharapova takes on Ksenia Pervak in the first match on Chatrier, while fellow seeds Jelena Jankovic, Dominika Cibulkova and Sloane Stephens are also in action.

Read more details and stats about Monday's match-ups in our Match Notes.

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