Although Garbine Muguruza of Spain had already won a singles and doubles title at the Hobart International, one could make the argument that the first time she moved the needle significantly in the tennis world was when she defeated American Serena Williams in the second round at Roland Garros 2014. At that time, Serena was #1 and the defending champion in Paris. Fast forward to 2016, and Mugu will get another date with Williams in the final of Roland Garros 2016. Like their previous meeting in Paris, Serena is #1 and the defending champion. Although 22-year old Gabi has all of the tools to pull another upset, it will be an even taller task this time as Williams has a way of remembering people who have beaten her before in a big match. Serena usually runs them off the court in following encounters. Mugu’s 6-2 6-4 defeat of Samantha Stosur was impressive, but Serena is going to have to show signs of being in serious decline before I pick against her. I’d love for Garbine to prove me wrong.
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4 GARBINE MUGURUZA d. 21 Samantha Stosur, 6-2 6-4