Garbine Muguruza vs Samantha Crawford, Australian Open R2 Preview

Australian Open, ?? Second Round Match preview
(7) ?? Garbine Muguruza vs ?? (wc) Samantha Crawford

Garbine Muguruza will continue her quest for a second Grand Slam title on Wednesday when she comes up against Samantha Crawford at the second round stage at Melbourne Park. Muguruza came through a rollercoaster opening round match with Maria Erakovic in straight sets despite some concerns relating to a thigh injury on Monday afternoon. Muguruza will be hoping for a a more convincing second round clash against the American.

Muguruza came through a bizarre opening round match at Melbourne Park. The Spaniard faced a set point in the opening set and trailed 1-4 in the second set against Marina Erakovic but managed to come through the match in straight sets 7-5 6-4. The Biggest concern for Muguruza will be the injury timeout that she received at the start of the second set which seemed to disrupt her rhythm. Muguruza has struggled to shake these types of niggly injuries in recent times, it will be interesting to see how she handles herself over the next couple of matches.

Samantha Crawford made her first big move on the WTA tour last season during the Australian summer when she reached the semi-final stage in Brisbane. Crawford has generally struggled since that run, struggling to win tour level matches. Samantha Crawford received a wild card into the main draw in Melbourne and arrived at the event with just one main draw win in a Grand Slam, at Wimbledon last year. Crawford doubled that tally courtesy of a surprise 4-6 6-3 6-0 win over Lauren Davis on Monday to set up a clash with Muguruza for the first time.

Muguruza is clearly an overwhelming favourite heading into this match, Muguruza is a couple of classes above Crawford in every aspect. The only thing that can stop Muguruza in this match is herself, she could potentially have some problems with a thigh injury but the injury seems to be very minor and shouldn’t have an impact on this match. This should be a comfortable win for the Spaniard who seems very focused. 

Prediction: Garbine Muguruza to defeat Samantha Crawford in 2 sets

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