Garbine Muguruza vs Varvara Lepchenko, U.S Open R1 Preview

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Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will kick-start proceedings on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2017 U.S Open on Monday morning. Muguruza will come up against Varvara Lepchenko, an opponent who’s best can be a challenge to most players. Muguruza is the form player heading into this year’s U.S Open and the rightful favourite to win the title. It will be interesting to see how the Spaniard handles the expectations in New York, this should be a fairly straightforward start for the 3rd seed.

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Garbine Muguruza had the perfect preparation for the U.S Open. The Spaniard played three events during the U.S Open series, reaching the semi-finals in Stanford, the quarter-finals in Toronto before winning the title in Cincinnati. Muguruza’s week in Cincinnati was particularly impressive, Muguruza was able to beat players she has struggled against in the past: Madison Keys and Karolina Pliskova before thrashing Simona Halep in the final.

Muguruza defeated Lepchenko in their only previous completed match, a 6-4 6-1 win at Wimbledon in 2015. This should be another fairly comfortable win for Muguruza, Lepchenko’s form has generally been very average this year and that was also the case during the U.S Open series. Lepchenko’s groundstrokes sit up nicely into the rock-solid backhand side of Muguruza. Expect Muguruza to claim an easy win here.

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Prediction: Garbine Muguruza to defeat Varvara Lepchenko in 2 sets

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