???? Roland Garros, R1 Prediction
?? (19) Garbine Muguruza vs. ?? Taylor Townsend
Garbine Muguruza enters her opening round match-up with Taylor Townsend in Paris as a strong favourite. However, Muguruza’s recent form has been very patchy and she may be vulnerable here. Nevertheless, Muguruza has made a good habit of raising her level for the major tournaments throughout her career and will be hopeful of doing so once again in Paris where she is a former champion.
Muguruza should be a class above Townsend here. Townsend has a unique game, she likes to move up the court whenever possible but I don’t think that type of game is going to work here. Firstly, Townsend will have limited opportunity to correctly move forward given the power and depth of shot that Muguruza possess and when Townsend does come forward she will be under big pressure, Muguruza is strong on her baseline and will make life tough for Townsend at the net. Expect Muguruza to win this pretty comfortably. Townsend is no match for Muguruza from the baseline.