Match Preview: Renata Zarazua v Caroline Garcia

Caroline Garcia will be the first seed in action at the Monterrey Open as she is playing in the second match on Estadio GNP Saguros against the home favourite wildcard. Garcia enters this match as the heavy, heavy favourite.

Recent Form

Renata Zarazua has only played only one official WTA tournament so far this year, Acapulco, and she lost first round to Kirsten Flipkens. She has played several other ITF tournaments, her best result coming when she reached the quarterfinals in Tampa Bay. Zarazua has lost both of her previous official WTA main draw matches so if she’s wins tomorrow she will not only have got the best win of her career but also the best tournament result of her career. Caroline Garcia hasn’t had the best time recently in terms of how deep she’s going in tournaments but mostly she has been losing to players that go on to the quarterfinals or better in that tournament or players ranked higher than her. Her best result  recently was reaching the fourth round of Indian Wells before falling to Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Monterrey Form

Renata Zarazua has only ever played this tournament once, last year, and she fell in the first round of qualifying to Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-1. It’s fair to say that the grounds of this tournament don’t hold the best memories for the Mexican but I’m sure that she will be motivated to show her home crowd what she is capable of and put in a good performance. Caroline Garcia has played at this tournament for the past two years and she has played extremely well both times. Her best result came in 2015, when she reached the final of this tournament before falling to Timea Bacsinszky. Her worst result came last year when she reached the semifinals before falling to Heather Watson, so it’s obvious she feels comfortable here but it also means she has quite a few points to defend.

Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Renata Zarazua and Caroline Garcia on the WTA Tour.

My Prediction

Caroline Garcia will go out there and won’t play well at all with her unforced error count being very high. Zarazua will play the match of her life and be running purely on adrenaline and nerves but Garcia will still be to strong for the Mexican. The first set will be purely just holding serve and Zarazua will have the break point opportunities she will fail to capitalise on. In the tiebreaker, Zarazua’s nerves will get the better of her and Garcia will take it with ease. In the second set, Garcia will be able to get into a bit more of a rhythm but she still won’t be playing that well. This time it will the Frenchwoman who doesn’t take her break point opportunities and another tiebreaker will be forced. This one will be a bit more competitive but Garcia will still take it comfortably to get the match 7-6, 7-6.

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