The Spaniard was surrounded by doubts casted on her ability to compete for the title seeing a declining form this year round, but Muguruza gave a perfect response to start with a win in the opening round. She managed to bag 5 of her 11 chances to break the Italian with 3 coming in first set accompanies by an ecstatic 72% points from her second serve.
To test the WTA World No. 5’s unstable form, up next to challenge her is Anett Kontaveit, the player who has the experience of throttling the Spaniard before. Kontavein stunned Muguruza and shocked the fans just a month ago in April on the red dirt of Stuttgart in 3 sets. But Muguruza isn’t that far behind with a win over the Estonian at Australian Open to take the toll to one a piece.
In surplus to these records, the Spaniard has the confidence from her previous records at the French Open after forging herself to the quarters for 3 times at France. Furthermore, The WTA World No. 5 has been a hell of a force on the French Clay with the stats showing 16 wins out of 19 matches. Way to go girl !
Speaking of her counter-part, Konteveit, she is currently placed at 53rd postion in the WTA charts. She was quick enough to display her aggression towards her first round opponent in Romania’s Monica Niculescu, after thumping her 7-5, 6-1.
With recording over 5 aces in that match in addition to the 73% of her points from first serve, she was stubborn enough, not to let her rival play at ease. The 21 year old has now recorded 4 wins of her last 6 games on clay this season taking the toll to 7-3 on an overall basis. Furthermore, she doesn’t seem new to surging major upsets at such an young age after showing the doors to the World No.1 Angelique Kerber at Italy.
Despite of winning against the defending French Open champ last time at Stuttgart, it seems as if the Estonian would need to cast some magical spells in order to echo the history once again.
Muguruza is surely in the box-seat to win this tie and has a fair chance to take a sweet, though harsh revenge on her counter-part. And what other better place than a Grand Slam to shatter the big dreams !
With a mere 3 wins to 8 losses recorded by the WTA World No. 53 in the Grand Slams, the Spanaird might have a narrow advantage in terms of the pressure on her young rival, from her previous performances. It would be a tantalizing match for the fans to watch as Garbine Muguruza defends her French Open title in a potential armageddon match against Anett Kontaveit.
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