Garbine Muguruza vs Yulia Putintseva, Roland Garros R3 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R3 Preview + Prediction
(4) ?? Garbine Muguruza vs (27) ?? Yulia Putintseva

A fascinating third round clash in Paris sees defending champion Garbine Muguruza come up against last year’s Roland Garros quarter-finalist Yulia Putintseva. Muguruza has managed to battle her way through a couple of tough matches to open her 2017 Roland Garros campaign, the Spaniard was forced to come from a set down to beat Annett Kontaveit in the second round. A fierce Muguruza will receive a confidence boost after that match but a determined Putintseva is always a tough opponent on a clay court and will look to make life hard for the Spaniard. This should be a close match between two very different players, both love playing on clay, especially in Paris.

No one really knew what to expect of Garbine Muguruza heading into Paris. The Spaniard is in a totally new situation being the defending champion at a Grand Slam event. Muguruza has seemingly handled the occasion well. Muguruza started her Roland Garros campaign with a 6-2 6-4 win over Francesca Schiavone before battling past Anett Kontaveit 6-7 6-4 6-2. Muguruza faced adversity in both of her opening matches, particularly against Kontaveit and on both occasions Muguruza accepted the challenge and came out on top, a good sign for the Spaniard’s hopes in Paris. Muguruza will face another tough challenge when she comes up against Yulia Putintseva on Friday, an opponent that can cause all kinds of headaches on this surface.

Yulia Putintseva has a large chuck of points to defend in Paris, the 2016 quarter-finalist will be determined have another great tournament at Roland Garros and so far she has done enough to suggest that is possible. Putintseva started the tournament with a strong 6-3 6-0 win over Myrtille Georges, Putintseva won 11 consecutive games in that match after getting off to a slow start. Yulia faced a much tougher test in the second round where she overcame a second set dip in concentration to defeat Johanna Larsson 6-1 1-6 6-3. It was an important win for the Kazakh given she did lose her cool late in the second set but did well regain her composure and close out a tough deciding set.

Garbine Muguruza won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-2 7-6 win on a hard court in Beijing late last year. Putintseva was able to challenge Muguruza in the second set of that match, the Kazakh’s backhand slice and defensive skills were able to frustrate Muguruza, this could be a factor when they meet on Friday in Paris.

There is a huge contrast in styles between these two but both love playing on clay, particularly in Pairs. Muguruza will look to step in and dominate with her superior firepower and serve whilst Putintseva will look to get Muguruza on the move and disrupt her rhythm by changing her pace from the baseline. Putintseva can also look to draw Muguruza forward, a strategy that could work on clay as Putintseva has more time and loves a target at the net. This is a tough match to predict, I think it could go either way, I’m going to go with the upset here. Putintseva will enter this match with nothing to lose and loves a big stage, I think she can get the job done here whilst Muguruza is still vulnerable.

Prediction: (27) Yulia Putintseva to defeat (4) Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets


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0 responses to “Garbine Muguruza vs Yulia Putintseva, Roland Garros R3 Preview”

  1. You hope Putintseva to beat Muguruza, aren’t you? I think that clay is even more favouring Muguruza than hard court.
    Unless she has an off day (probably won’t happen at this special place for her) she should win comfortably.

      • I did, I often predict Yulia to lose, just thought it could be an upset. I do predict upsets pretty often. It was close enough,

      • It was an encouraging performance of Poots as you would expect from her, but that was not nearly enough to derail Garbs…
        But I’ll take that the way better player yesterday won.

        • Yulia could have easily won the first set, then the match would have been different, I’m happy to see Muguruza playing well

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