(19) Garbine Muguruza vs (WC) Irina Falconi
Garbine Muguruza will kickstart her Indian Wells campaign on friday when she takes on American wild card, Irina Falconi. Garbine will be looking to continue her solid start to the season with another strong performance this week in the Californian desert.
Garbine has been more consistent this year and has shown glimpses of her best tennis however the Spaniard has been unable to play her best tennis when it has really mattered. Most notably suffering disappointing three set losses to Angelique Kerber in the quarter-finals in Sydney and Karolina Pliskova in the semi-finals in Dubai. Garbine will look to go a couple of steps better this week and claim the biggest title of her career.
The Spaniard has a tough draw, potentially facing Karolina Pliskova in the third round, Simona Halep in the fourth round, Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarter-finals and Serena Williams in the semi-finals. However, Garbine will not fear any opponent, she knows that her best tennis can beat anyone. Garbine should have little trouble disposing of her second round opponent on Friday.
Garbine’s opponent: Irina Falconi, advanced to the second round courtesy of a 7-6 6-4 upset victory over Ajla Tomljanovic. The match was played at an awfully low standard, the two combined for a total of 17 winners and an embarrassing 91 unforced errors. Tomljanovic was particularly wayward throughout the match, playing uncresseseraily aggressive, stupid tennis.. Ajla finished the match with a whopping 51 unforced, gifting Falconi a place in the second round.
This will be the first career between Garbine and Irina. This should be a rather straight forward match for Garbine, the Spaniard does all the important things much better than her American opponent.
The slower conditions at the BNP Paribas Open shouldn’t trouble Garbine, she will have all the time in the world to dictate rallies from the baseline and dominate her much less powerful opponent. It would be a great shock if Garbine doesn't win this match in straight sets.
Prediction: Garbine Muguruza to defeat Irina Falconi in 2 sets