Garbine Muguruza vs Kristina Mladenovic, Roland Garros R4 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R4 Preview + Prediction
(4) ?? Garbine Muguruza vs (13) ?? Kristina Mladenovic

A Fascinating fourth round clash in Paris sees defending champion Garbine Muguruza come up against local favourite Kristina Mladenovic. Muguruza entered this tournament under all kinds of new pressures, to this stage the Spaniard has dealt with those pressures very well and given the wide open draw there is no reason why she can’t repeat last year’s heroics. Kristina Mladenovic entered the tournament as one of the form players but an ongoing back injury has made her tournament a real battle, Mladenovic has already escaped the jaws of defeat twice but will need to step it up if she is to beat a determined Muguruza.

Garbine Muguruza has seemingly benefited from a tough early draw in Paris. The Spaniard came up against another former champion in the opening round as she defeated Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-4 before battling her way past an in-from Anett Kontaveit 6-7 6-4 6-2. Muguruza produced a fierce performance to move past Yulia Putintseva 7-5 6-2, Muguruza played with great confidence, her main weapons are shaping up nicely: her serve and big forehand down the line. At her best, Muguruza is probably the best player in the draw.

Kristina Mladenovic’s route to the fourth round in Paris couldn’t have been much tougher. Mladenovic was extremely close to a first round exit, a back injury plagued her opening round match but she somehow managed to escape with a 3-6 6-3 9-7 victory. The Frenchwoman recovered surprisingly well after that match to ease past Sara Errani 6-2 6-3. Mladenovic then found herself in even more trouble in the third round when she trailed Shelby Rogers 2-5 in the deciding set, Mladenovic made a miraculous recovery, winning 25 of the last 33 points to claim a memorable 7-5 4-6 8-6 victory.

Kristina Mladenovic won the only previous match between the pair, a 7-6 7-6 win on clay in Marrakesh in 2015.

I’m going to give the edge to Muguruza heading into this match. Muguruza has clearly played the better tennis over the first three rounds and seems to be in a better physical shape. Mladenovic has scrapped by and has been hampered by injury, it is hard to see Mladenovic continuing to escape defeat given the current circumstances. Regardless, Muguruza is going to be very hard to stop this tournament, I think the Spaniard will make a statement with a strong win here.

Prediction: Garbine Muguruza to defeat Kristina Mladenovic in 2 sets

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0 responses to “Garbine Muguruza vs Kristina Mladenovic, Roland Garros R4 Preview”

  1. You can generally rely on Gabi to play well in Grand Slams. I see no reason why she won’t do the same here. I love Mladenovic but I think she has used up most of her 9 lives in the early rounds, especially with an injury cloud.

    Still, the results of this grand slam have been one of the strangest and hardest to pick; a lot of results have defied logic. If Mladenovic pulls this off, I won’t be that surprised.

    • She was celebrating after Muguruza unforced errors and was encouraging the crowds rude behavior. it all left Muguruza in tears

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