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Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur To Play Yulia Putintseva In Tricky French Open First Round Tie

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 01: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia celebrates during the Women’s Single’s Round of 32 match between Sloane Stephens and Ons Jabeur Day Three of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 01, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Sporting venues around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

 

Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur was drawn to face Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the first round of the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year.

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Jabeur, seeded 25th for the tournament, has recovered from a right thigh injury which saw her miss the Italian Open, the tournament preceding the Grand Slam.

Jabeur, who was in a race against time to be fit for the event, however, will be favourite against her lower-ranked opponent, who is also a three-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist.

The pair have met once before, in October 2019 during the Tianjin Open quarterfinals with Jabeur winning in straight sets.

Victory for Jabeur could see her face Australian Astra Sharma in the second round in a repeat of the MUSC Health Women’s Open final in Charleston in which Sharma stunned Jabeur in three sets to deny her a maiden WTA title.

If the 26-year-old overcomes that challenge, a sterner one in the form of 2019 champion and world number one Ashleigh Barty possibly awaits in the third round.

She will be hoping to make the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam for just the second time and improve on her Round of 16 appearance at Roland Garros last year.

Meanwhile, in the men’s draw, South Africa’s two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson will play South Korean SoonWoo Kwon while his compatriot Lloyd Harris, the continent’s highest-ranked male player, has a trickier assignment against 26th seed Lorenzo Sonego of Italy.

The French Open is scheduled to start on Sunday, May 30.

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