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?? (9) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? (19) Garbine Muguruza
A blockbuster third round clash from Roland Garros sees Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza renew hostilities. This is a heavyweight battle between two genuine contenders in Paris, a really tough test for both players this early in the tournament. Svitolina has had the better of this match-up of late, but it is Muguruza who seemingly heads into this match with momentum on her side, who will prevail?
Elina Svitolina arrives in Paris in poor form and with niggling injury concerns. Svitolina put those concerns aside as she came through a potentially tricky opening round match-up against Venus Williams with relative ease, Svitolina prevailed 6-3 6-3. The 9th seed received a lucky break in the second round as her scheduled opponent Kateryna Kozlova withdrew from the match due to injury, handing Svitolina a walkover into the next round. In a rare anomaly Svitolina will have 4 days off between her first and third round matches, probably a blessing for Svitolina who came into the tournament with injury concerns.
Garbine Muguruza made a nervy start to the tournament as she was forced to come from a set down to defeat Taylor Townsend. Muguruza eventually recovered from a slow start to claim a 5-7 6-2 6-2 win over the American. The 2016 champion produced a far more consistent performance in the second round where she easily defeated Johanna Larsson 6-4 6-1 to set up a blockbuster clash with Svitolina, an opponent the Spaniard has struggled against in recent times.
Svitolina holds a 5-3 head-to-head record over Muguruza. Svitolina has won 4 of the last 5 completed matches between the pair, including a comfortable 6-1 6-2 victory in their most recent match in Dubai.