Elina Svitolina at Garbine Muguruza
|Date & Time||Friday May 31, 2019, 7:30 AM (EDT)|
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Ukrainian tennis superstar, Elina Svitolina has made it through to the third round of the 2019 WTA French Open. At this stage of the tournament, Svitolina is set to play against Garbine Muguruza from Spain.
Garbine Muguruza is one of the most talented players on the WTA tour and her record on clay is incredible. Muguruza won the French Open in 2016 and she has made deep runs at the Italian Open. Heading into this tournament, Muguruza has not been at her best as she has been struggling with injury. An injury forced Muguruza to retire from the Italian Open but following a solid break, the Spaniard looks to be back to full fitness. In her previous outing, Garbine Muguruza beat Johanna Larsson in straight sets. It was a dominant performance by Muguruza as she won 44% of her receiving games and 100% of her service games. Muguruza looked in good form during her second round match and if that continues, she will have a good chance of winning this fixture.
On the other side of the coin, Elina Svitolina received an automatic pass through to this round after her opponent withdrew prior to the start of their fixture. It has been a solid start to the tournament for Svitolina as she defeated Venus Williams in the opening round of the tournament. Svitolina has struggled during the clay season and as she had not won a clay match prior to arriving at Roland Garros. The win over Williams showed her ability but she will have to best if she wishes to beat Garbine Muguruza.
Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina have played each other 8 times in the past. Muguruza has won on 3 occasions while Svitolina has won 5 times. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at WTA Dubai where Svitolina won in straight sets.
As far as this match is concerned, both Svitolina and Muguruza have the ability to win. Neither player has been at their best in the past month but I see Muguruza having the edge. Svitolina is a tremendous player but on clay is weaker than that off Muguruza. Garbine Muguruza is a past winner of the French Open and I think she will be good enough to win this contest.