With the French Open nearing its second week, we have a tough tie in the Round of 32 in the World No. 5, Garbine Muguruza and the Kazakh, Yulia Putintseva, which paves the path for the winner to enter the quarters after the match.
Defending champ, Muguruza is entering the match with after facing some tough test in her first two matches. She advanced to the Round 3 at the cost of the Estonian, Anett Kontaveit, defeating her in 3 sets. The Spaniard struggled to find her usual in the first set before pouncing on the Estonian to defeat her 6-7 6-4 6-2.
Her inability to recover well whilst losing has casted doubts overthe Spaniard’s title defending campaign this year but managed to mum her critics in style after a great comeback. Muguruza has had a taste of great success on the French Clay after her previous successful performances.
She won in 2016 after thumping the former World No.1 Serena Williams. Furthermore, she managed to clash in the quarters the previous 2 years. After that she hasn’t lived upto the tag of “Grand Slam champion”, having a rather dull season in her way forward.
Talking of her contrary, Yulia Putintseva, she is known for her love of clay. Like her opponent, she has a decent record playing on the French dirt. The Kazakh, in 2016, muddled along to reach the quarters ultimately to lose at the hands of the French Open 2016 runner-up, Serena Williams, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
The Kazakh is well known for her sweet and calm hold over her play, annoying the opponent with her beautiful slices from the baseline. Yulia is recognized for her defensive play, which she has already given a taste to her antagonist for the match, Garbine Muguruza. They last played in Beijing, late last year where the Spaniard won the bout in straight sets 6-2 7-6. Putintseva did display her defensive prowess in the 2nd set after making her opponent toil for a win. She literally annoyed the powerhouse in Spaniard that found her aggressive skills succumbing to a resilient defense from the Kazakh.
Yulia is feared of her baseline play that accompanies her routine target to the net play. It would be of utmost interest to see if the powerhouse in Spaniard is able to overpower the mighty defense of the Kazakh on Friday as they lock horns to cement their place in the quarters.
Despite of Muguruza being the favourite, an upset being surged is highly likely considering her opponent’s play on the French Clay and her deftness to add to the misery of the Spaniard.
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