Recently crowned World No.1 Angelique Kerber will begin her title surge against Ekaterina Makarova, at the French Open 2017. Kerber would want to capitalize on the absence of Serena Williams, which has left the tournament wide open.
Although Kerber has been the beneficiary of Serena’s absence, climbing to no.1 in the WTA charts, same cannot be said for her performance on court. She has been struggling through injury and had a disappointing campaign in the Madrid Open which was ended abruptly by Eugenie Bouchard in the Third Round. Her performance was dismal on her return as well, as she was sent packing in the Third Round of the Italian Open.
Ekaterina Makarova on the other hand, has enjoyed a good run of form in the doubles format, which has been reasonably transferred to the singles format. The world no.40 had a decent campaign in Rome and made it to the R16. Makarova would be aware of Kerber’s injury affected form and would want to cause an early upset.
The pair have come head to head 11 times with Kerber edging Makarova 7-4. Their last meeting was in the R16 of Apia International in Sydney, in which Makarova was given a walkover. Before that they faced off in Stuttgart on clay in 2015, which was won by Makarova 6-3,6-2.