Top seed Iga Swiatek and unseeded Lesia Tsurenko have a duel on Monday in the fourth round of the French Open. A quarterfinal tie with either sixth seed Cori Gauff or the unseeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova awaits the winner. This second encounter between the two this season, comes three weeks after the first, in the third round in Rome. Swiatek has won both matches, all on clay and will be confident of making it a hatrick of victories. The Czech has been dominant in the defence of her title and is yet to drop a set after three rounds. She has recorded four 6-0 set wins so far with two coming in the last round against the unseeded Wang Xinyu. Her run in Paris highlights the devastating form she has been in so far this season. She has won 31 of the 37 matches she has played so far with 15 of those victories coming on clay. This has resulted in four finals with two titles won, one of them on clay. Despite her dominance, Swiatek has lost her hold on first place in the WTA and is now down to second in the live ranking.
Lesia Tsurenko has boosted her world ranking by more than 20 places thanks to her surge to the second week of competition here. The veteran Ukrainian is up 23 places to 43rd in the live ranking. She has been in fine form in what is her 14th appearance at Roland Garros and is also yet to drop a set. To advance to this round she defeated the unseeded Bianca Andreescu, dropping only two games in the match. The 34-year-old has so far played 36 matches, winning 28 times with eight of her victories coming on clay. She will hope this form, coupled with her desire to stop Swiatek from going 3-0 up on her, sees her progress. Tsurenko has never gone past the fourth round at the French Open. The last time she was here was five seasons ago.
Swiatek is the favourite to win here and past encounters against Tsurenko point towards this. Both players are in fine form coming into this match and have spent the same number of hours on the court in Paris. They’ve rarely gone without winning a set and Tsurenko’s desire to avoid a third loss to Swiatek should fuel a back-and-forth battle. Our prediction for Iga Swiatek v Lesia Tsurenko is for the match to be decided in three sets.