Garbine Muguruza had a tough 3-set match to open Roland Garros 2016, aiding her opponent with 53 unforced errors. The big-hitting Spaniard was much more in control of her shots in round 2 against Myrtille Georges of France, blitzing her overmatched foe, 6-2 6-0. One of Mugu’s biggest wins of her early career was beating Serena Williams at Roland Garros 2014. Gabi can win Roland Garros. This year. However, a lot of that has to do with limiting errors. She has huge weapons, so you want her to be aggressive…just not overly aggressive. If she can do that, I expect to see her late into the second week.
One of the most intriguing match-ups of round 3 (for me) is Simona Halep v Naomi Osaka. The 18-year old Osaka of Japan is somebody I have on my radar. She could be a future champion at big tournaments. Naomi has been rising steadily, reaching her first WTA level final last November, achieving her highest career ranking this year and moving into the 3rd round of Major for the first time here at Roland Garros 2016. I think she has the game to give Simona Halep trouble. The question is whether Osaka will go on the court truly believing she can beat the 6th seed from Romania. If she goes out there without confidence, Simona will beat her before she knows what hit her. But if Naomi goes out there relaxed, with the knowledge that she belongs on the same court with Halep…it could get very interesting. Of course, I still pick Halep to win. I think Osaka’s time is yet to come. What I’d like to see is a great match between these two.
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4 GARBINE MUGURUZA d. Myrtilles Georges, 6-2 6-0
6 SIMONA HALEP d. Zarina Diyas, 7-6 (5) 6-2
NAOMI OSAKA d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 6-3 6-3