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- Top Seeds: Garbiñe Muguruza, Magdalena Rybarikova, Lesia Tsurenko, Timea Babos
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MONTERREY, MEXICO – Garbiñe Muguruza heads up this WTA International field for one last spin on the hard courts before the clay court season gets underway in Europe.
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It is hard to know where to judge Muguruza’s form at the moment. She came into the US spring hard court swing with some solid work in the Middle East, only to bow out in her opening round at Indian Wells before making it to the fourth round in Miami.
There will also have been a few raised eyebrows as well as she parted company once more with Conchita Martinez, who many felt was a welcome addition to the team once more. On paper of course the two-time Grand Slam champion should breeze through as she opts to have one more week on the hard courts before the European clay court season gets underway.
She is seeded to face Ajla Tomljanovic as the new minted Aussie holds a 1-0 lead over the Spaniard. That was way back in 2014 and it is safe to say Muguruza has grown as a player since then.
After posting her best year-end finish with a career-high ranking of World No. 20, Rybarikova has been a little up and down since the start of the year, with her best results coming at the Australian Open where she reached the fourth round.
She has enjoyed some decent runs in Monterrey, reaching the quarter-finals in 2014 and 2015 and with a qualifier-heavy section of the bracket, it would be a shock not to see her fronting up against Sachia Vickery in the quarter-finals.
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It has been a season of stops and starts for the Ukrainian. She started the season well enough reaching the Hobart semi-final, and won the title in Acapulco, but bounced out of both Indian Wells and Miami in the opening rounds.
Monterrey has not been an especially great tournament for her either, picking up one solitary win in 2015.
Babos seemed to hit her groove winning the Taipei title earlier in the year, but looks to have stalled again and is searching for a back to back win. The Hungarian is a former champion, winning in 2012, and hitting a couple of quarter-finals since, but she could face Monica Puig in the quarter-finals, who seems to be hitting some form of her own.
The Abierto GNP Seguros in WTA Monterrey takes place between 2-8 April (BST -6 hours).
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