Garbine Muguruza: Not Having Serena Here Makes A Difference, Now 10-15 Girls Can Win The Title
by Tom Gainey | May 27th, 2017, 4:27 pm

Serena Williams’s absence is having an impact on the women at the French Open. With the 23-time Grand Slam champion expecting a baby in a few months, the draw is ripe for the taking. And defending champion Garbine Muruguza says the title contenders goes 15 deep!

“If you look at the records, Serena is always in the final,” Muguruza said Friday during the French Open media day. “So, for sure, it makes a difference to not have her for a good reason,” she smiles. “I feel like there are 10, 15 girls who can win the trophy. So that’s not normal.

“Before is not like that. There was always like few favorites. It’s kind of weird to have a lot more. But this year is very open. I feel like a lot of people can win.”

Muguurza opens her title defense Monday against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone.

“It’s very strange to find in the first round two past champions,” the Spaniard said. “And she’s playing well on clay. She played Bogota and another tournament where she reached the final or won. So it’s a good match to start. Honestly, it doesn’t matter really who I’m going to face. It’s going to be an interesting tournament for me to see how I can play, how my feelings are. I look forward for it.”

The 23-year-old Muguruza doesn’t have a title or a final since winning that French Open a year ago over Serena.

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9 Comments for Garbine Muguruza: Not Having Serena Here Makes A Difference, Now 10-15 Girls Can Win The Title

Willow Says:

Sharapova must be gutted shes not able to play ….

Wog Boy Says:

“Sharapova must be gutted shes not able to play ….”

We already had a thread what she thinks about not playing FO, she was very clear in her statment after she was denied WC, go back and check how “gutted” she was, she took it on the chin like she always does, that is one thing people have to admire about her whether they like her or not.
Furthermore, after she was denied FO WC she refused to ask for Wimbledon WC, instead she will go through qualifications. She is not beggar never was.
She is not cry baby and drama queen like a lot WTA tour girls (Johana Konta for example), no need for snarky jealous remarks,

Willow Says:

With Serena not playing she wouldve been the favorite, in fact she was, and when Serena is out Sharapovas chances increase, is what i meant, anyhow its irrelevant as niether are playing anyway, but you really will make an argument about absoulutely anything, but sorry unlike others here i wont be enticed into having a quarrel with you, so find somebody else, shame as you used to be so nice and reasonable ….

Wog Boy Says:

Your “love” for Maria is well documented on TX, same as “Nothing against Nole, but..”, love..

Besides, I am still nice and reasonable poster to whom I deemed nice and reasonable posters.

Willow Says:

I Really dont give a stuff what you believe of me, so just back off ….

Wog Boy Says:

Nothing against you, but I never back off (down), sorry, anything else you would like to know?

Willow Says:

Your not to honey trap me into having a quarrel with you sorry ….

Wog Boy Says:

But you are already having it:))

Willow Says:

Dissapointing about Kerber, i had her in the final losing to Halep, i think Venus and Kuzey could be dark horses ….

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