Spain’s Garbine Muguruza arrived at the 2014 edition of the French Open as a relatively unknown female with raw talent and left as one of the brightest prospects on the WTA tour following a quarter-final appearance at the tournament. Muguruza will now attempt to relive that fortnight experience as she furthers her campaign through the women’s draw. In the second round, she will face Camila Giorgi, a player who she has lost to in their only encounters on the tour. Giorgi leads the head-to-head series 2-0.
In a match that was mainly contested on serves, Garbine Muguruza proved to be the more powerful and accurate player as she dominated Petra Martic en route to a straight sets win on Sunday. She struck 22 winners including four aces, won 29 of 32 first service points and secured three breaks of serve to close out the match 6-2, 7-5.
“Well, obviously I was really, really nervous. You know, the first match of the next year when you did a good tournament last year, you know, you feel a lot of pressure. So I’m just happy to win the match and to fight and not to be like block. You know, sometimes when you are too nervous you block yourself and you cannot play. I’m happy that this did not happen.”
Later on in the day, Camila Giorgi also needed straight sets to beat Tatjana Maria in her opening round match. She broke serve on six occasions and struck 46 winners during the encounter to close out the match 7-5, 6-3.
This marks the third time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Giorgi leading the head-to-head series 2-0. Muzuruga knows about the task at hand and is excited to attempt to overturn that h2h record.
“Yeah, I lost two times with her. Was a tough match. She has a very strong game, very explosive, so you never know how it’s going to go the match. But just looking forward to play. Nothing else. Difficult. (Smiling.)”
Prediction: Camila Girogi in Three Sets