French tennis superstar, Caroline Garcia has made it into the third round of the 2019 WTA Miami Open in Florida. At this stage of the tournament, Caroline Garcia will play against Julia Gorges from Germany.
Caroline Garcia beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets in the previous round. It was a very convincing performance by Garcia as she won 52% of her return points to break Azarenka’s serve on 5 occasions. Garcia won 70% of her service games which resulted in a relatively comfortable win. Caroline Garcia has not been at her best this season as she has failed to make it past the third round of any tournament played in 2019. Caroline Garcia looks low on confidence and that could be a potential weakness for her in this match.
On the other side of the coin, Julia Gorges also won her previous match in straight sets. Gorges won 82% of her return games and broke her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions to complete an easy win. Julia Gorges has had a good 2019 season as she won the WTA Auckland Open in January and made a deep run at the Qatar Open in February. Gorges has been playing well for a while and she looks very confident every time she has been entering the court.
Caroline Garcia and Julia Gorges have played each other twice in the past. As it currently stands, Garcia has a 2-0 record against Gorges. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the WTA Madrid Masters where Caroline Garcia won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Julia Gorges to win this match. Both players are very accomplished but I am making this prediction on recent form where Garcia has been struggling and Gorges has been playing well.