Muguruza vs Sharapova (By: Stanioooo)
Garbine Muguruza against Maria Sharapova in Roland Garros QF match.
If I have to be honest Garbine was and still is my second favorite for the title in Paris and Maria is not the first one for sure. So, it's obvious I will not play against Muguruza here and will pick her against the Russian. To be clear, my favorite for the title is Simona Halep, I think it's finally her time to win RG after two lost finals against Sharapova and Ostapenko. If there is a player, who can stop her this year, it's not Kerber for sure or Sharapova if the Russian progresses to the SFs, it will be the Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.
Muguruza was not even close before RG to the form she reached during the tournament. She is storming through her opponents in Paris and what makes me big impression is her accuracy from the bottom of the court- she plays amazingly deep and fast balls, which gave so much problems to Stosur for example. What's going to happen against even more aggressive player than her? I don't know, we can only guess..I don't like to say this nasty word ''IF'' but here I have to. Muguruza will prevail over Sharapova if she gets the Russian out of her comfort zone. She doesn't have to let Sharapova to control most of the points like Pliskova did. A similar performance like the one against Stosur will be enough with stable performance on serve, great return and dominance from the bottom of the court. It's easy to say it, but it's the Spaniard who has to make it on the court. It would be a disaster if Muguruza lets Sharapova to dictate the points and I doubt it will happen, because it's not the best option for sure to rely on Maria's mistakes. I think both tactics will be similar- trying to be aggressive almost to their max and to win as much serving games as they can and their opponent gives them, because they perfectly know how to return with giving almost no chance to the server.
They have 3 matches and all of them were in Maria's favor, but they are a long time ago in 2013 and 2014. The situation totally changes and Sharapova is not concidered now as one of the biggest favorites for the Grand Slam title, no matter in Paris, Melbourne, London or New York. Infact most of the matches were decided in three sets, so even in her best days, Sharapova hardly eliminated Muguruza- one of the time was even at this stage in RG 2014 after being a set down.
I believe in Muguruza and that will happen a final before the big final between Halep-Muguruza. Maybe in three sets, I 'm going with Garbine Muguruza to win this match. The worst thing is the weather forecast which predicts heavy rain in Paris on Wednesday, so I'm not sure if it will be finished this day or on Thursday.
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