Garbine Muguruza vs Kayla Day, Stanford R2 Preview

#BOTWClassic, ??? Stanford R2 Preview + Prediction
(1) ?? Garbine Muguruza vs ?? Kayla Day

Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will be back in action for the first time since capturing her second Grand Slam title last month when she takes on Kayla Day in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic. The top seeded Spaniard really struggled to deal with expectations after the success of her first Grand Slam triumph and will want to make a real effort to ensure that the same thing does not happen during the U.S Open series after her success at Wimbledon.

The North American hard court swing has generally been Muguruza’s least successful period of the year over the last couple of seasons. Muguruza will be out to change that in 2017, with her confidence sky-high after capturing her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, there is no reason why Muguruza should not be competing for the biggest titles over the coming weeks.

As the top seed, Muguruza received a bye into the second round whilst Kayla Day claimed a solid 6-4 6-2 win over Misaki Doi. This will be the second career meeting between Muguruza and Day, the pair met earlier this year at the BNP Paribas Open, Muguruza claimed a hard-fought 3-6 7-5 6-2 victory in a surprisingly close encounter.

Muguruza is the clear favourite heading into this match and rightfully so. Muguruza has really matured in 2017 and I don’t believe her level will drop off after Wimbledon as it did when she won Roland Garros in 2016. Muguruza will be on guard heading into this match given her previous match with Day at Indian Wells, the Spaniard has far more firepower and experience and should be winning this match comfortably. 

Prediction: Garbine Muguruza to defeat Kayla Day in 2 sets


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