Within the space of one tournament you can go from being an outsider to being a contender which is what Garbine Muguruza has done this year. No one expected her to get to the Wimbledon final but she did but with this comes greater expectations. Suddenly you are ranked within the top 10 and with comes a top seeding for tournaments and expectations to go far.
Garbine Muguruza isn’t the first player and won’t be the last player to go through this spell on the tour. In her last five matches she has won one and lost four so it’s not great with her last match being a second round loss to Johanna Konta at the US Open. Muguruza and her doubles partner Carla Suarez Navarro (who is also in a bad run of form) did get off to a good start in the doubles but for Muguruza she faces a tricky challenge in Barbora Strycova in round one but is one she has faced before.
Muguruza and Strycova did meet during the clay court season in Stuttgart. It was straight forward win for Muguruza winning the match 6-1 6-4 and leads their head to head. The problem with a player being on a bad run is it’s difficult to predict their next win on the tour. I would say Muguruza is favourite but I just have a feeling Strycova will win. I do hope I am wrong though.
I am slightly surprised Muguruza is playing in Tokyo I thought she may have gone to lower ranked tournament where less top players are playing just to get 3 or 4 wins in a row to get some momentum.
Strycova can be a tricky player to play against on her day. She never gives up sometimes gets frustrated but forces errors from her opponents and with the powerful style Muguruza plays with she will have to make sure her game is at the top level!