‘I’m hoping Garbine Muguruza will do well,’ says Alex Corretja ahead of French Open
Former World No 2 Alex Corretja has given his verdict ahead of the French Open and hopes that 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza will reignite her clay form.
Corretja, who reached the French Open final on two occasions in 1998 and 2001, is hoping his compatriot Garbine Muguruza can make an impact in Paris after her heroics five years ago.
The Spaniard, who had a spell coaching Andy Murray, also predicts further Roland Garros success for defending champion Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka, who recently took the title in Madrid with an impressive victory over Ash Barty.
“The women’s draw is a little more open than other times, but some players are looking very strong,” said Corretja.
“Sabalenka and Swiatek are looking good and I’m hoping that Muguruza can also do well. She has not looked very good in the clay court season so far, but she was looking good at the beginning of the year and can do well.”
The Spaniard also reacted to the news that 2018 French Open champion Simona Halep will not be competing in Paris this year due to a calf injury.
“The good thing for Simona is she has already won one Roland Garros title,” added Corretja.
“That will make it a little easier for her to miss this one, but it will still be tough. I was counting on her to be one of the favourites for the tournament.
“When you lose such a competitor in a tournament, it’s a shame. She always raises the bar, but at the same time it will open doors for other players.”
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