Garbine Muguruza vs Anett Kontaveit, Stuttgart R2 Preview

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(5) ?? Garbine Muguruza vs (Q) ?? Anett Kontaveit

2016 Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza will be back on the red dirt as she gets her 2017 clay court season underway with a second round match-up against an in form Annett Kontaveit at the second round stage in Stuttgart. Muguruza is undoubtedly one of the best performers on a clay court on the WTA tour, if not the very best heading into the 2017 clay swing given the absence of Serena Williams. It will be interesting to see how many titles Muguruza can pick up over the next couple of months, the opportunity is there for Muguruza to be dominant.

Muguruza has generally been unable to play her best tennis in 2017, a few niggling injuries have held her back but the Spaniard’s mentality has certainly improved, once she finds her best form she is sure to be a tough prospect for anyone, especially on a clay court. Muguruza has a modest 4-3 lifetime record in Stuttgart but the surface should actually suit her game well.

Anett Kontaveit heads into this second round clash with Muguruza in great form, Kontaveit has won 16 of her last 19 matches and has already won three matches in Stuttgart after coming through the qualifying draw. Kontaveit progressed to the second round in Stuttgart thanks to a 7-6 6-4 win over Ana Konjuh. Kontaveit was the better player throughout but her inability to convert on big points almost allowed Konjuh to make things very interesting. Kontaveit will need to be more clinical if she is to get passed Muguruza on Wednesday.

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Garbine Muguruza won the only previous completed match between the pair, a 6-0 6-4 win in the opening round of the Australian Open last year. Their second round match in Stuttgart should be much closer but will probably end similarly as Muguruza is too strong for Kontaveit in all aspects. Kontaveit is in good form but this is all about Muguruza, back on her preferred surface, a rejuvenated Muguruza should be far too strong here.

Prediction: Garbine Muguruza to defeat Anett Kontaveit in 2 sets

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