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While Yeshayahu Ginsburg focuses his spotlight on the marquee clash between Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov, this article focuses on nine other matches to watch as the first week concludes in Paris.
Alize Cornet vs. Victoria Azarenka: The champion in Strasbourg last week, Cornet has won seven straight matches in her home nation on her favorite surface. She faces a daunting test against a woman whom she lacks the power to hit through her with either serve or groundstrokes. Simple and steady should suffice for Azarenka, who looked crisp in her first round and shaky in her second. The wildcard in this match could consist of the French crowd, likely to try anything possible to fluster her. If Vika can keep her composure and perhaps draw energy from the hostility, she should reach the second week in a feisty mood.
Maria Sharapova vs. Zheng Jie: A massive height advantage should help the defending champion collect some fre...