2015 French Open women’s quarterfinal match-ups and predictions:
(1) Serena Williams vs. (17) Sara Errani
Serena is 7-0 career versus Errani and hasn’t lost a set in their last four meetings. Four of those matches were on clay, where Serena hasn’t lost a set. Errani can’t hit her way out of a paper bag on clay, and her second serve is a bunny. Even this year’s sub-par Serena shouldn’t have a problem.
Winner: Williams in straights
(7) Ana Ivanovic vs. (19) Elina Svitolina
Ivanovic is 6-0 career, beating the Ukranian this year in Madrid in straights. Two of the meetings were on clay, where the Serb hasn’t lost a set. You do the math.
Winner: Ivanovic in straights
(13) Lucie Safarova vs. (21) Garbine Muguruza
In this first-time meeting we’ll give the nod to experience. Safarova also has the confidence after toppling Maria Sharapova. Muguruza ousted Serena last year at the French, but the pressure is intense in the latter rounds, where Muguruza has yet to show consistent championship mettle.
Winner: Safarova in three
(23) Timea Bacsinszky vs. Alison Van Uytvanck
Van Uytvanck is playing in her 14th tournament of the year already, so the reps must be paying off. But the Swiss Bacsinszky has been a consistent battler during the dirt season, so tournament over for the Belgian in this first-time meeting.
Winner: Bacsinszky in straights
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