Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova Strycova hits a return to France's Stephanie Foretz Gacon during their Women's Singles 1st Round tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on May 28, 2012 in Paris. (credit: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova will face America’s Julia Cohen in round two of the XXV Italiacom OpenYou can watch and bet on Zahlavova Strycova v Cohen live for free at bet365 > live tennis
Lack of light suspended play for Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Silvia Soler-Espinosa on Tuesday night, but the Czech held her nerve to clinch a 7-5, 7-6(3) success when play resumed the following day. The eighth seed will now take on Julia Cohen on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals of the XXV Italiacom Open.
Cohen secured an unexpected victory in round one here in Palermo, as she edged past Russia’s Vera Dushevina, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. As the world No. 140, Cohen will be aware that a lengthy run here could significantly boost her ranking, as well as her chances of receiving a wildcard entry for the US Open.
Zahlavova Strycova will be the favourite to win this match, regardless of her 12-18 match record for 2012. This won’t necessarily be a one-sided contest, but the world No. 71 has been competing at a higher standard throughout the season, and should pull through.