World No. 12 Garbine Muguruza will take on World No. 174 Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove in the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon on June 30.
Garbine Muguruza vs Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove : Match Details
|Match||Garbine Muguruza vs Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove|
|Date||30th June, 2021|
|Venue||London, Great Britain|
Garbine Muguruza vs Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove: Preview
The Spaniard comes into the second round after demolishing Fiona Ferro in just 51 minutes in the opening round. Although Muguruza lost in the quarterfinals of Berlin to Alize Cornet, she was at her very best on the opening day of 2021 Wimbledon. She is also a former champion at the All England Club, when she won the coveted title in 2017. Although he has slid above the top-10 in the WTA rankings, she remains one of the biggest threats in this tournament. Back in 2017, she also won 10 matches out of 12 on the grass. Her big serve and booming, flat shots can be a nightmare for her opponents on the grass. Expect the former champion to at least enter the second week at Wimbledon this year.
On the other hand, the Dutch player comes into this round after a surprise win in two sets over WTA veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round. Although Kerkhove came into this tournament as a qualifier, she displayed great skills in beating the two-time Grand Slam champion in straight sets. That said, it remains to be seen if the 29-year-old can replicate her first round heroics against a more determined Spaniard. For starters, Kerkhove has won seven matches on the grass this year, despite most of it coming against the lower-ranked players.
Garbine Muguruza vs Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove: Head to Head
These two have met before on the WTA tour. They played in Hertogenbosch in 2014, where the Spaniard won in straight sets.
Garbine Muguruza vs Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove: Prediction
Having played for years on the big stage and grass, Muguruza shouldn’t have much problems overcoming the challenge of Kerkhove in this match. The Spaniard was outstanding with her return and break points against Fiona Ferro in the opening round. If the two-time Grand Slam champion can even replicate half of her clinical display like we saw on the first day of 2021 Wimbledon, then Muguruza should prevail easily into the third round.
Match Prediction: Garbine Muguruza should win in two sets.