WTA Italian Open 2021: Garbine Muguruza vs Bernarda Pera–Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Twelfth seed Garbine Muguruza will face qualifier Bernarda Pera in the second round of the Italian Open 2021.

Garbine Muguruza and Bernarda Pera
Garbine Muguruza and Bernarda Pera

Garbine Muguruza will take on Bernarda Pera in the Second round of the Italian Open 2021. Muguruza is currently the World no.12 on the WTA rankings and Pera is the World no.69.  

Match Details

  • Tournament: WTA Italian Open
  • Match: Garbine Muguruza vs Bernarda Pera
  • Round: Second Round
  • Date: 12th May, 2021
  • Prize Money: €10,726
  • Venue: Rome, Italy
  • Surface: Clay Court

Garbine Muguruza vs Bernarda Pera: Match Preview

 Garbine Muguruza
Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza has been one of the most consistent players this year, but that was until the clay court leg came around. Her start at Charleston was cut short due to injury which was attributed to a sudden change from hard court to clay court and not enough time in between.

She is in Rome now, playing only her second clay court tournament of the year. This former French Open Champion has nothing to prove about her clay court credentials. In the first round, she spanked Patricia Maria Țig of Romania 6-1 6-2. Her second round opponent is twenty-six year old American Bernarda Pera.

Pera has been working hard on her game. This is the second consecutive WTA 1000 event, after Madrid,  that she has got into the main draw of. In the first round she beat Copa Colsanitas runner up Tamara Zidanšek 6-3 6-2. 

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Garbine Muguruza vs Bernarda Pera: Head-to-Head

 Bernarda Pera
Bernarda Pera

These two players have not yet met on the tour, so the head to head right now is 0-0. 

Garbine Muguruza vs Bernarda Pera: Prediction

 Garbine Muguruza
Garbine Muguruza

Muguruza withdrew from the tournament at Charleston, when she left a sharp pain on her left leg. She then went on to withdraw from Madrid, and the reason given was injury to the left thigh. In Rome she was clinical against Tig in the first round, but her injury is not in the clear yet.

Pera has come through qualifiers, and has a lot of work under her belt already, and will be willing to go from the start. A fully fit Muguruza should win this easily, but her fitness remains an underlying concern. 

Match Prediction: Garbine Muguruza will beat Bernarda Pera in straight sets. 

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