With Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova off the French Clay and the WTA World No.1 Angelique Kerber suffering an embarassing exit on the first day itself, it remains of keen interest amongst the fans as to which player has the potential to make the most of it and turn the tide in their favor. The defending champ, Garbine Muguruza, amidst this situation, is gearing up to try her odds against the 78th placed, Francesca Schiavone in Round 1 of French Open 2017.
Muguruza played some outstanding tennis last year at France to throttle Serena Williams in the final to lift the title. Since then she has failed to live upto the tag of a “Grand Slam Champion” with her poor perfomances to suffice the statement. Though she could be a major contender to bag the title considering her previous performances in France. She won in 2016 and managed to clash in the quarters the previous 2 years. She hasn’t been performing well but she would undoubtedly be boosted by her performances in Rome and the fact that the top heads are already out of the race.
On the contrary, her counter-part, Francesca Schiavone is a former French Open champion and turned pro in 1998. The 36 year old has displayed some vintage performances lately and proved herself to be a force to reckon with on clay. To prove it are her stats that show her winning the title in Bogota before reaching the final in Marrakech. She showcased some beautiful performances in 2013 which saw her make it to the second week of Rolland Garros on two consecutive occasions. Despite of entering the match-up with some great form, the Italian would ceratinly be needing to surge some major upsets if she is to echo the history.
With that being said, Muguruza does have a mental edge over the Italian from their previous meeting which saw Muguruza win 7-6, 6-0 at Fed Cup on clay. Though Schiavone isn’t far behind as the head to head wins are split one a piece amongst the two.
It is surely gonna be an alluring tie to watch for as both the former French Open champs, put in their very best to outclass each other and make their first step on the path to win the title.
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