World No. 10 Garbine Muguruza didn’t play for nearly two months between Indian Wells and the Mutua Madrid Open, where she lost, 6-3, 6-0, to world No. 36 Anhelina Kalinina in the Round of 32. The Spaniard is now back on the court at the Italian Open, and she’s set to take on world No. 40 Yulia Putintseva in her first match here.
This match-up is one that has been kind to Muguruza in the past, with the 28-year-old having never lost a set to her opponent in three career meetings. They last met in Charleston in 2021, when Muguruza was forced to retire despite being up 6-0, 2-2. Their previous two matches both ended with the Spaniard winning in straight sets, and one of those came at the French Open. That type of dominance is obviously hard to ignore, but we’re expecting Putintseva to put up more of a fight in their fourth meeting.