A compelling match-up between Italy’s Sara Errani and surging Spaniard Garbine Muguruza is scheduled to take place on Monday afternoon at the Connecticut Open. This is the second time that the two competitors will meet on the WTA tour and the first time in almost two years. The Errani v Muguruza Head-to-Head stands at 1-0.
Errani has only played three hard court matches in the US Open Series, as she chose to play the clay tournament in Bad Gastein, Sweden before that. There, she defeated Siniakova, Ormaechea and Scheepers before losing to Shelby Rogers. Apart from the string of wins on clay, Errani has been inconsistent on other surfaces, as she lost her only two matches on grass this season. She lost to Sabine Lisicki in the opening round in Montreal, and following a win over Wickmayer in Cincinnati, she would lose to her German adversary again to bring her recent record to 1-3.
Muguruza had witnessed a surge in her performances on the tour, particularly during the clay court portion of the season, where she made a deep run at the French Open. The Spaniard picked up a staggering upset victory over Serena Williams in the second round and went on a run to the quarter-finals where she was finally stopped by eventual champion Maria Sharapova.
The 21-year-old fell short during the grass court portion of the season, where she lost to Coco Vandeweghe two consecutive times, including the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships. She would go on to reach the third round in Stanford (lost to Kerber), the second round in Montreal (lost to Sharapova) and then fell in the opening round in Cincinnati to Annika Beck.
This marks just the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Errani leading the series 1-0. The Italian’s victory took place almost two years ago in the opening round of the 2012 US Open. Much has changed since then and it is possible that Errani could be facing a potential upset if she does not produce her best tennis.
Prediction: Garbine Muguruza in Three Sets