Garbine Muguruza vs. Taylor Townsend, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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Garbine Muguruza kick-starts her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with an opening round clash against America’s Taylor Townsend. The pressure is on the 2016 Roland Garros champion who is defending semi-finalist points from last year, an early round exit in Paris for Muguruza will see her already depleted ranking drop even further, down to a low she has not experienced in a long time by the former world number 1.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain during practice at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Garbine Muguruza’s preparation for the second Grand Slam of the year has been less than ideal. Muguruza suffered an opening round exit in Madrid where she was upset by Petra Martic in straight sets before she was forced to retire injured in her third round match with Victoria Azarenka in Rome due to a left thigh injury. Nevertheless, Roland Garros has been Muguruza’s most successful tournament in her career and she usually seems to find a good level here no matter what the circumstances are in the lead up to the tournament.

Taylor Townsend has been languishing at the ITF level over the last little while where her results have been less than impressive. The good news for Townsend is that she has progressed past the opening round in Paris in the last 3 years, something she has never achieved at any other major. Townsend’s heavy, versatile game can make her a dangerous opponent on this surface.

This will be the first career meeting between Muguruza and Townsend, will the American’s awkward game cause the former champion any troubles?

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Sloane Stephens vs. Taylor Townsend, Australian Open R1 Preview

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Sloane Stephens is the great unknown heading into the 2019 Australian Open. The 2017 US Open champion begins her Melbourne Park campaign with an opening round match-up against Taylor Townsend. At her best, Stephens is a genuine contender for the title, however, on current form she is no guarantee to get through this potentially tough first round match with Townsend.

Sloane Stephens of the United States in action during the first round of the 2019 Sydney International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Stephens has made a typically lackluster start to the season. Stephens started the year in Brisbane where she looked lethargic in a straight set loss to Johanna Konta. Stephens fought harder in Sydney, the American came from a set down to beat Ekaterina Alexandrova in a final set tiebreak in the first round but was unceremoniously dumped from the tournament by Yulia Putintseva in the second round. Stephens led Putintseva by a set and 5-3 before being forced to a deciding set where she did not win a single game.

Taylor Townsend will be searching for her first main draw victory at Melbourne Park on Monday when she takes on the 5th seed. Townsend has only played 1 match in 2019, a decent showing but a loss nevertheless. Townsend was beaten in 3 tight sets at the opening round stage in Auckland by Barbora Strycova.

This will be the first career meeting between Stephens and Townsend.

Which Sloane Stephens will show up to Melbourne Park?

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Taylor Townsend vs Monica Puig, Cincinnati R1 Preview

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Monica Puig has had an extremely disappointing season, time is running out for Puig to turn things around in 2017. The 2016 Rio Olympics show that Puig can turn things on at any moment, Puig comes up against Taylor Townsend in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday. Townsend and Puig both reached the main draw in Cincinnati by progressing through a tough qualifying draw. This will be the first career meeting between Townsend and Puig.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Taylor Townsend, Miami R3 Preview

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2016 Miami runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova continues her quest to go one step better in 2017 when she faces Taylor Townsend in the third round of the Miami Open on Sunday. Kuznetsova is in great form having reached the final in Indian Wells last week and enjoys the conditions in Miami. Her opponent on Sunday, Taylor Townsend is playing some of her best tennis in recent times and will dangerous heading into this match with nothing to lose.

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Roberta Vinci vs Taylor Townsend, Miami R2 Preview

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An interesting first-time match-up sees Roberta Vinci and Taylor Townsend go head-to-head in the second round of the Miami Open. Roberta Vinci will be beginning her Miami Open campaign after receiving a bye into the second round, whilst Taylor Townsend has already won three matches after coming through the qualifying draw. Roberta Vinci has struggled to find her best tennis in 2017 and has a poor recent record in Miami, however with experience on her side this is a match Vinci would expect to be winning.

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