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?? (19) Garbine Muguruza vs. ?? Taylor Townsend
Garbine Muguruza kick-starts her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with an opening round clash against America’s Taylor Townsend. The pressure is on the 2016 Roland Garros champion who is defending semi-finalist points from last year, an early round exit in Paris for Muguruza will see her already depleted ranking drop even further, down to a low she has not experienced in a long time by the former world number 1.
Garbine Muguruza’s preparation for the second Grand Slam of the year has been less than ideal. Muguruza suffered an opening round exit in Madrid where she was upset by Petra Martic in straight sets before she was forced to retire injured in her third round match with Victoria Azarenka in Rome due to a left thigh injury. Nevertheless, Roland Garros has been Muguruza’s most successful tournament in her career and she usually seems to find a good level here no matter what the circumstances are in the lead up to the tournament.
Taylor Townsend has been languishing at the ITF level over the last little while where her results have been less than impressive. The good news for Townsend is that she has progressed past the opening round in Paris in the last 3 years, something she has never achieved at any other major. Townsend’s heavy, versatile game can make her a dangerous opponent on this surface.
This will be the first career meeting between Muguruza and Townsend, will the American’s awkward game cause the former champion any troubles?