US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R3 Preview + Prediction
(3) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (31) 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova
Garbine Muguruza continues her U.S Open campaign on Thursday afternoon with a potentially tricky third round clash against Magdalena Rybarikova. Muguruza has stormed through her first two matches at Flushing Meadows in straight sets and continues to be the form player on tour at the moment. Rybarikova also brings good form into this matches after a pair of straight set wins over tough opponents. Rybarikova has twice beaten Muguruza but their most recent match at the semi-final stage at Wimbledon earlier this year ended in a 6-1 6-1 demolition in the Spaniard’s favour.
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US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R2 Preview + Prediction
(31) 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova vs 🇨🇿 Kristyna Pliskova
The 31st seeded Magdalena Rybarikova will face a tough task in the second round at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday as she comes up against the big-serving Kristyna Pliskova. Rybarikova and Pliskova both cruised through their opening round matches on Monday. Rybarikova navigated her way past the always-dangerous Camila Giorgi 6-3 6-4 whilst Pliskova comfortably accounted for Misa Eguchi with a 6-2 6-2 win. This will be the first career meeting between Rybarikova and Pliskova, this should be entertaining match-up between two very contrasting types of competitors.
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Wimbledon🌱🏆🎩🇬🇧💂🍓 Semi-Final Match Preview:
SF #1: (14) Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova
Magdalena Rybarikova’s stunning run at SW19 continues on Thursday as she comes up against Garbine Muguruza for a spot in the final at The Championships. Rybarikova has been the surprise package of the tournament, the Slovakian has spent the majority of 2017 on the ITF circuit after a comeback from injury and had never been past the third round of a Grand Slam prior to the event. Garbine Muguruza is a much more familiar site at this stage of a Grand Slam. The Spaniard will be competing in her third Grand Slam semi-final and will be looking to go one step further than her 2015 runner-up appearance. Muguruza is clearly the more accomplished player but Rybarikova has defied the odds all tournament and will be no pushover here, it looks like this one will get right down to the wire…
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Wimbledon🌱🎩🇬🇧💂🍓 Quarter-Final Match Preview:
QF #2: (24) 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe vs 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova
CoCo Vandeweghe’s chances of winning the title at SW19 are looking greater and greater. The American’s game is perfectly suited to grass and her game is starting to click when it matters most. Vandeweghe has not dropped a set on route to her second quarter-final showing at a Grand Slam in 2017 and is fresh off an impressive win over Caroline Wozniacki. Vandeweghe’s quarter-final opponent on Tuesday is Magdalena Rybarikova. The Slovakian will be competing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, having never previously made it past the third round of a major. This match looms as a huge opportunity for both.
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Wimbledon 🇬🇧 First Round Match Preview + Prediction
🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard vs 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova
Eugenie Bouchard will begin her 2016 Wimbledon campaign with a first round match against Magdalena Rybarikova on Tuesday. There will be less pressure placed upon the unseeded Canadian at this year’s championships and that could work in Bouchard’s favour. Bouchard reached the final in London in 2014 but went crashing out of the event at the first round stage in 2015 as she was unable to deal with the expectations placed upon her.
Eugenie Bouchard has no points to defend in 2016 and is seemingly arriving at the Championships in good condition and ready to display some of her best tennis. Bouchard’s preparation for this year’s event has been good. The Canadian played three grass court lead-up events, although Bouchard’s results throughout those events weren’t particularly great the promising thing for Bouchard is that she is healthy and she has had a good amount of matches to adjust to the surface. The Canadian’s level of tennis at Eastbourne last week was particularly encouraging, especially in her opening two matches where she recorded emphatic straight set wins over Lepchenko and Begu before being outplayed by Radwanska at in the third round.
Magdalena Rybarikova continues to struggle with ongoing injury problems. The Slovakian has retired from a match in three of her last five events and clearly is struggling to find any type of consistency with all of these interruptions. Rybarikova played just one event on grass before Wimbledon. Rybarikova claimed a solid win over Heather Watson in her first round match in Nottingham before being forced to retire injured in her next match with Tamira Paszek, a typical tournament for Rybarikova these days. Despite all the injury concerns, the Slovakian is still a dangerous opponent on her day as she is capable of playing a high level of tennis and has a fairly unorthodox game.
Eugenie Bouchard won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-4 6-1 win in Beijing back in 2013.
I believe Bouchard is ready for deep run at this year’s championships and I would say that Bouchard is the most dangerous unseeded player in the draw. Bouchard should be good enough to navigate her way through this opening round match relatively comfortably. There could be some tough moments if Rybarikova plays well because the Slovakian can play good tennis on this surface with her serve and volley tactics and her delicate slices and drop shots from the baseline. Bouchard’s superior firepower and better physical condition should see her prevail.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Magdalena Rybarikova in 2 sets