Porsche Tennis GP, Stuttgart R2 Prediction
?? (2) Garbine Muguruza vs. ?? Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
I’m going to give Muguruza the benefit of the doubt here, but I think this will be a close match. Muguruza is seemingly building into some nice form as she enters Stuttgart on a 7-match winning streak. Clay is Muguruza’s most dangerous surface but she has only won 2 matches in her last 3 appearances in Stuttgart. Nevertheless, It is Muguruza who is the tougher of the two and has the power to really rush Pavlyuchenkova. Pavlyuchenkova is vulnerable in match-ups like this where her opponent can match and better her power. The Russian was involved in a 3 hour match yesterday and may have trouble recovering to take on the world number 3, it is a big ask, based on Pavlyuchenkova’s general form of late I doubt she can get over the line here even if Garbine is rusty in her first match of the week.