WTA Brisbane International, 2nd Round Preview: Garbiñe Muguruza v Varvara Lepchenko


Garbine Muguruza

In a now Halep and Sharapova-less Brisbane draw, Garbiñe Muguruza is the highest seed remaining. She will play her first match of the 2016 season on Wednesday against Varvara Lepchenko. Muguruza looked calm and in high spirits in press (see video below). I could listen to Garbiñe talk for hours… she’s enchanting! I like the excited face she pulls at the possibility of playing with Nadal in the mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics later this year. Lepchenko won her first match of the year, which was also the first completed main draw match of the 2016 WTA season. Lepchenko convincingly defeated the higher ranked, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, 6-2 6-1. It was a wild and tactically confused performance from Schmiedlova as Lepchenko once again performed well in Brisbane; the American player reached the semi-finals last year.

Head-to-head record: In their only previous match at Wimbledon in 2015, Muguruza’s route to the final began with a first round win over Lepchenko, 6-4 6-1.

Analysis: Lepchenko has the advantage of already playing a match, while there are bound to be some nerves for Muguruza. Lepchenko had some of her best results in 2015 (despite some season-derailing injuries) and has shown signs of improving her concentration and focus which often did tail off. This won’t be an easy match for the Spaniard and i’d fancy Lepchenko to win at least a set. Mugs to prevail in the end…

Prediction: Muguruza d. Lepchenko in 3 sets

Photo in this post by Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

6 thoughts on “WTA Brisbane International, 2nd Round Preview: Garbiñe Muguruza v Varvara Lepchenko

  1. Lack of professionalism in the off season. The women have a lot to learn. Instead of worrying about their twitter followers maybe they should practice some. Kvitova lost, Ivanovic lost, Bencic lost. Venus lost. Halep and Sharapova withdraw. Serena withdrew. All that sure isn’t helping the sports image on the ladies side. Very embarrassing actually..


    • Steve Simon has his work cut out for him. He will really need to sit with the players and hush out a good schedule, point system etc, in light of injuries and so on.

      Muguruza has with drawn with a foot injury. I think Victoria Azarenka is in this with a great chance of nicking this title. A very positive boost for the Australian Open. She does need the warm-up too.


    • Rightly said…..Why the fuck these ladies enter the play if they have injuries or some of them fake it.
      Injuries are becoming greatest risk for tradres like us these days specially with ladies game.Ladies tennis is the most lucrative one but then it has its own pitfalls.I lost all my days work with the Mugus game,Backed her after first set without having the live feed.Money wiped out just in few mins.


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