Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Preview
?? (3) Garbine Muguruza vs. ?? Donna Vekic
Garbine Muguruza continues her Mutua Madrid Open campaign on Tuesday with a second round clash against Croatia’s Donna Vekic. Muguruza has never made is past the second round in Madrid, the top ranked Spaniard will be desperate to change that in 2018 and will be a warm favourite to do so when she takes on Vekic for a spot in the third round.
Muguruza and Vekic secured similarly comfortable victories to book their spots in the second round in Madrid. Muguruza claimed a 6-4 6-2 win over Shuai Peng whilst Vekic defeated Georgina Garcia-Perez 6-2 6-4. There are contrasting expectations placed on these two at this event, the third seeded Muguruza is under great pressure to finally perform well at her home event whilst little is expected of Vekic given clay has always been considered her least preferred surface.
Interestingly it was Vekic who won the only previous matches between the pair, a 7-6 7-6 win on a hard court in Monterrey in 2014. Of course much has changed since then, Muguruza has become a 2-time Grand Slam champion whilst Vekic has made little progress.