World number 13 Garbine Muguruza has Russian and 41st-ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as her opponent in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Monday, May 9. Get the live streaming options of this Garbine Muguruza v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Garbine Muguruza v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Head to Head
There have been seven previous meetings between these two players and Muguruza leads by a whopping 6-1 margin. This includes a victory as recently as the Yarra Valley Classic played in Melbourne earlier this year where Muguruza wrapped up a 6-1, 6-2 win.
Interestingly, Pavlyuchenkova’s only win over Muguruza came on clay. It was at the 2018 Stuttgart Open where Pavlyuchenkova led by a set before Muguruza retired from the match.
Muguruza Returning from Injury
After the kind of season Muguruza has had so far, it needed an injury for her to get stalled for a bit. The Spaniard had an issue in her left leg in what was her second match on clay this season and the Spaniard had to withdraw from her Charleston Open match against Yulia Putintseva.
And speaking of form, Muguruza had come into the clay swing with a 20-5 win-loss record that included three appearances in tournament finals. She went on to win one of them while losing to Ash Barty and Petra Kvitova in the other two.
Even when she shifted to clay, Muguruza started off with a crushing opening win over Magdalena Fech and was 6-0, 2-2 against Putintseva before her injury.
The Spaniard looks to have put that injury behind her for now and would want to start out with as much confidence as was on display earlier. However, she would also be slightly careful coming into this tournament with the French Open in the offing soon.
Pavlyuchenkova Dishes Out Best Showing in a While
The last time Pavlyuchenkova made it to the semifinal of a WTA event, it was in 2019 in Moscow. That also marked the close of the season for the Russian but between then and the start of the Madrid Open earlier this week, Pavlyuchenkova had won 14 and lost 16 of her matches on the circuit.
Which is why what happened in Madrid was not just terrific for the Russian but also somewhat surprising.
Never known to be too fond of clay, Pavlyuchenkova shocked four players, all of whom had gone into their matches against the Russian as favourite. It started with a win against Madison Keys which could be put down to her opponent’s poor form.
But the victories over Karolina Pliskova, Jennifer Brady and Karolina Muchova which followed the Keys win should fill the Russian with a lot of confidence coming into this encounter.
Especially given Muguruza’s fitness could be a cause for concern. Question is if Pavlyuchenkova can maintain that kind of consistency.
Muguruza v Pavlyuchenkova Prediction and Tip
Muguruza is 1/3 to win this and those would have been even shorter odds than that had it not been for her own recent fitness concerns. Going for a straight-set win for the Spaniard.