Rivals Garbine Muguruza and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will lock horns at the Italian Open 2021 first-round battle.
Garbine Muguruza vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Preview
The match between Spaniard and Russian will be one of the blockbuster clashes in Rome this year.
Garbine Muguruza began the season with back-to-back finals on the hard surface and claimed the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships title. But, the two-time Grand Slam champion is still not yet open to her account on the red dirt.
The former World No.1 had suffered from an injury since the Charleston Open. Consequently, she withdrew from the Mutua Madrid Open. As a result, the No.12 seed will try to keep her side ahead from the first serve of the match in Rome.
On the other hand, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had had a dry season, and her best performance was that she played third round at the Yarra Valley Classic before arriving in Spain.
In the Mutua Madrid Open, the unseeded Russian stunned the US Open finalist Madison Keys, seeded players Karolina Pliskova, Jennifer Brady, and one of the season’s best performers, Karolina Muchova to make the semi-final. It was her first WTA 1000 event’s last-four appearance after more than a decade.
However, there is no doubt that Pavlyuchenkova would like to continue her recent tremendous form on the gravel surface in Italy.
Garbine Muguruza vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Head-To-Head
Muguruza and Pavlyuchenkova have faced each other seven-time in the WTA Tour so far. The Spaniard leads Russian 6-1 in their head-to-head series.
At the last meeting, Garbine Muguruza defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets(6-1, 6-2) in the Yarra Valley Classic Open third round.
Garbine Muguruza vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Prediction
Without a doubt, Garbine Muguruza is a favourite to win this match because of her recent performances, records on the clay surface and against the opponent.
At the same time, the experienced Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is not the kind of player who gives up without a tight fight.
Match Prediction: Garbine Muguruza to win in the three sets(2-1).