After a temptating victory in the 3rd Round of French Open 2017, the defending champ, Garbine Muguruza has potentially has paved her way to the quarters for a consecutive 3rd time and marching forward with tremendous optimism in her play. Next to challenge the defender for her title is the WTA World No. 13, Kristina Mladenovic in the quarter finals of French Open 2017.
The Spaniard did enter the tournament with a load of pressure but finally has managed to mum her critics. The World No. 4 started the tournament on a high note after defeating the former french Open Champion in Fracesca Schiavone followed by akin results suffered by Anett Kontaveit and Yulia Putintseva, all ending being throttled by Muguruza. Muguruza, enters the Round 4 on a high note with confidence from previous 3 years on the French Clay wherein she triumphed over the former World No.1 Serena Williams to lift the title in 2016 after making it to the quarters the previous 2 years.
With some early tough ties faced by the Spaniard, she has severely benifited by regaining her lost confidence and winning form. She performed outstandingly against Yulia Putintseva in the previous match, defending the Kazakh in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 with her aggressive prowess and firing serves. She put up a performance worth applauding and gave her fans a moment of joy with some sweet piece of tennis. Muguruza played with great confidence, her main weapons are shaping up nicely, her serve and big forehand down the line. Probably nearing her peak, Muguruza is undoubtedly the best in the draw.
On the contrary, her opponent, Krisitna Mladenovic has had a tough time reaching the Round 4 in Paris. On the blink of a first round horror, Mladenovic somehow managed to survive after being bogged down by her back injury. She won the tie 3-6, 6-3, 9-7. To everyone’s surprise, the Frenchwoman showed an exemplary recovery in the following round to ease pasr Sara Errani 6-2, 6-3 but soon caught herself up in grave trouble when she was trailing Shelby Rogers 2-5 in the decisive set.
But a miraculous recovery was on the way looking at her performance with her favourite forehands and the net play. She won an extraordinary 25 of the last 33 points played to cement her place in the Round 4, winning it 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.
The pair has faced each other only once before with the French winning it 7-6, 7-6 on the Marrakesh clay.
Despite of having a mental edge over the Spaniard in the bout, Muguruza still remains in the box-seat to advance to the quarters. Though,the World No. 13 has the full capability to turn the predictions upside down and surge a major upset on the way to the title.