???? Roland Garros, R3 Prediction
?? (9) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? (19) Garbine Muguruza
A fascinating third round match-up from Roland Garros on Friday sees the 9th seeded Elina Svitolina take on 2016 champion Muguruza. This is easily the toughest third round match-up in the draw, a battle between two players with genuine title aspirations in Paris. Svitolina has dominated this match-up in recent times but has been in poor form of late, can the Spaniard claim a rare win over the Ukrainian or will Svitolina be too solid?
I’m going to side with Svitolina here. I think this is a good match-up for Svitolina and their recent history suggests this is true given Svitolina has won 4 of the last 5 matches between the pair. Svitolina is an excellent defender and counter-puncher, the type of opponent that can frustrate Muguruza and force her into over-hitting. Muguruza has very rarely beaten players of Svitolina’s calibre in recent times, I just can’t trust that Muguruza can produce a good enough performance to consistently hit through Svitolina, it could happen but it is less likely than likely.
The stars have seemingly aligned Svitolina, she received a lucky break in the previous round where she was handed a walkover. Svitolina has therefore had 4 days off between matches, just what she needed given her recent injury worries. I think Svitolina will be fresh and ready to take down Muguruza.