Flipkens vs. Muguruza
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 14, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Garbine Muguruza and Kirsten Flipkens meet in the round of 32 in the 2016 Mallorca Open.
Garbine Muguruza is coming off her first grand slam title after upsetting Serena Williams in the French Open. Muguruza is now the No. 2 player in the world and has won 11 of her last 13 matches. Muguruza is by far playing the best tennis of her career and is showing she’s ready to take that next step in her young career at just 22 years old. Muguruza is hitting her spots with ease, is aggressive with her returns and making very few unforced errors. If Muguruza can continue this level of play moving forward, she’ll push to be the best player overall in women's tennis. Muguruza has won seven of her last nine matches on grass.
Kirsten Flipkens is coming off a first round loss in the Ricoh Open and will be double dipping in this tournament with her partner Ana Ivanovic. Flipkens has lost her last five singles matches and hasn’t won a match since the Istanbul Cup. Flipkens is dropping like a rock in the rankings and really hasn’t looked sharp since reaching the final of the Monterrey Open. Flipkens has struggled with her service game, isn’t getting much on her returns and the confidence is shrinking. Remember, just a few years ago, Flipkens was a top-15 player in the world. A win here would certainly be terrific for Flipkens confidence as she hopes to find her form. Flipkens has lost six of her last eight matches on grass.
These two have played three times in the past, and Muguruza has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in this year's Australian Open, a match Muguruza won in 18 games. Flipkens only win over Muguruza came in the 2013 Ricoh Open.
This is a nightmare match for Flipkens, as there’s not a scarier player on the women’s side than Muguruza right now. So, while I hate to be the guy to pile on, Flipkens stands almost no hope of winning this match.
Give me Muguruza in straight sets.