Alison Van Uytvanck vs. Garbina Muguruza - 2021 WTA Yarra Valley Classic Second Round
Tuesday, February 2 2021
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2020 Australian Open Finalist, Garbina Muguruza, looks to get her game up to speed before she goes for redemption at the 2021 Australian Open as she meets Aliason Van Uytvanck in the second round of the 2021 WTA Gippland Open on Tuesday, February 2nd 2020. Will Muguruza be at the same level she was last year in order to reach another Australian Open final, or will she not get another shot at the title?
Garbina Muguruza looked to be the favourite last year entering the 2020 Australian Open Final, however, her experience and previous Grand Slam triumph in her career did not help her get over the line against Sofia Kenin. Muguruza did not end up having a strong 2020 season for the tournaments she participated in outside of the Australian Open, and you cannot really blame her as it was hard for most WTA Tour players to get their mojo back halfway through the season. Muguruza will be looking to use the Yarra Valley Classic to get some competitive matches under her belt so she can go into the Australian Open with confidence and give herself the best chance to reach another final and perhaps win it all this time.
Alison Van Uytvanck put on a solid performance in her first round match against Su-Wei Hsieh, beating Hsieh in straight sets 6-2/6-0. Hsieh is a tough player to beat on her day, and Alison was able to get it done so easily. Alison knows she’s worn off her rust quite fast coming into this Australian tennis swing, but will she be able to put on another superb performance against a former Grand Slam Champion in Garbina Muguruza?
This is going to be the third meeting between both players, with the head to head tied at 1-1. I expect this to be a very tight match, especially as Muguruza looks to get her game up to speed, but we know that Garbina is solid in these conditions. I would expect perhaps a 3-setter, but one which Muguruza should come through in the end and reach the third round of the 2021 WTA Yarra Valley Classic.