Garbine Muguruza vs Petra Kvitova, Doha Final Preview

Qatar Total Open, Doha Final Preview
(4) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs (16) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova

The 2018 Qatar Total Open will come to an exciting end on Sunday with a blockbuster final set to take place between a pair of two-time Grand Slam champions, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova. Muguruza and Kvitova have both shown a high level of tennis this week in Doha, especially Petra Kvitova who enters Sundayโ€™s final fresh off an epic upset victory over world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki. A win for Petra Kvitova will see her move back into the top 10 for the first time since 2016. Kvitova is on a 12 match winning streak and holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Muguruza, but the determined Spaniard will be no pushover.

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Garbine Muguruzaโ€™s run to the final in Doha is exactly what the Spaniard needed to ignite her 2018 season. Muguruza had not won back-to-back matches in 2018 before arriving in Doha. Muguruza started the event with fairly comprehensive victories over Ying-Ying Duan and Sorana Cirstea before coming from a set down to defeat Caroline Garcia. Muguruzaโ€™s 3-6 6-1 6-4 win over Garcia was the biggest win of the year for Muguruza, her first top 10 victory since Singapore last year. Muguruza was fortunate to receive a walkover into the final as Simona Halep pulled out of their scheduled semi-final because of a foot injury.

Petra Kvitova is the form player in the world right now. Kvitova heads into Sundayโ€™s final in Doha on a 12-match winning streak, a run that includes a title in St. Petersburg a few weeks ago and a few wins in a Fed Cup tie last weekend. Kvitovaโ€™s path to the final in Doha has been extremely tough. Petra started the week with an easy win over Cagla Buyukakcay before coming from a set and a break down to beat Agnieszka Radwanska. Kvitova then claimed a pair of straight set wins over Elina Svitolina and Julia Goerges to set up a semi-final showdown with Caroline Wozniacki. For the second time this week, Kvitova managed to win from a set and a break down, overcoming a wayward start to beat the world number 1 3-6 7-6 7-5. Kvitova blasted 50 winners past the Dane in what was an inspired performance. Petra was very clutch in all the key moments, especially in the crucial second set tiebreak.

Petra Kvitova holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Muguruza. Kvitova has won the last 3 matches between the pair including a 7-6 6-3 win at the U.S Open last year in their most recent match. Petra also beat Muguruza twice in 2016, a 3 set win on clay in Stuttgart and a straight set win in Beijing. Clearly this has been a favourable match-up for Kvitova.

Garbine Muguruza vs Kiki Bertens, Sydney R2 Preview

Sydney International ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿฆˆ R2 Preview
(1/wc) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Kiki Bertens

Top seeded Garbine Muguruza begins her Sydney International campaign on Wednesday where she will take on Kiki Bertens in the second round. As the top seed, Muguruza received a bye into the second round where she will face a tough test against Bertens, Muguruza has not beaten Bertens in 3 prior attempts. This is an important tournament for Muguruza after she was forced to retire due to cramps in her opening round match in Brisbane last week.

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Garbine Muguruza had an unfortunate start to her 2018 campaign in Brisbane last week. Muguruza was up a set and break In her opening round match against Aleksandra Krunic before the Spaniard started to cramp. Early in the deciding set the cramps were felt all of Muguruzaโ€™s body and she was to retire. As a result, Muguruza decided to take a wild card into this weeks event in Sydney to play a few more matches before heading down to Melbourne.

Kiki Bertens made a poor start to her season last week in Brisbane. The 26-year-old ran into a red-hot Ana Konjuh and was beaten 6-1 6-2. Bertens made a much better start in Sydney, claiming an impressive 6-2 6-4 win over in-form American qualifier Kirstie Ahn.

It is Bertens who has won all 3 of the previous matches between the pair, however these results are mostly irrelevant as they were all between 2010 and 2012 and were all on clay.

Garbine Muguruza vs Venus Williams, Singapore White Group Preview

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RR: โšช White Group: (2) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs (5) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Venus Williams

Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams will square off on Thursday evening for a place in the semi-finals at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Both Muguruza and Williams enter this match with 1 win and 1 loss to their name in the white group. Karolina Pliskova became the first to qualify for the semi-finals in the white group with a 2-0 record whilst Jelena Ostapenko was the first to be eliminated after going 0-2. This all means that Muguruza and Williams have everything to play for in this encounter, in what will be the first time the pair have gone head-to-head since their historic Wimbledon final earlier year which saw Muguruza win her second Grand Slam title.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Karolina Pliskova, Singapore White Group Preview

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RR: โšช White Group: (2) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs (3) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Karolina Pliskova

Tuesdayโ€™s second match from the white group will be a blockbuster affair between two of the favourites in Singapore, Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova. Muguruza and Pliskova both cruised through their opening matches in Singapore and will enter this intriguing clash full of confidence. This has generally been a very good match-up for Pliskova, the Czech holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over the Spaniard and 6-1 record on hard courts. However, the most recent match between the pair ended in a straight set win for Muguruza in Cincinnati earlier this year, can Muguruza win back-to-back matches over Pliskova for the first time?

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Garbine Muguruza vs Jelena Ostapenko, Singapore White Group Preview

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RR: โšช White Group: (2) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs (7) ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Jelena Ostapenko

The only two Grand Slam winners from 2017 competing in Singapore will go head-to-head in what promises to be an intriguing encounter in the white group on Sunday evening. Muguruza is competing in Singapore for the third year in a row and will be hoping to go one step better than her previous best showing at the event which was a semi-final appearance in 2015. Ostapenko will be competing at the WTA Finals for the first time in her career after having a big breakthrough year in 2017. Muguruza holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Ostapenko but it was the Latvian who emerged victorious in their most recent match, a 3 set win in Wuhan a couple of weeks ago. Which of these two confident young champions will hit the ground running in Singapore?

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Garbine Muguruza vs Petra Kvitova, U.S Open R4 Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs (13) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova

Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova have both strolled into the second week in New York without dropping a set. Muguruza is the form player on the tour at the moment but will face her biggest test of the tournament thus far when she comes up against a resurgent Petra Kvitova on Sunday. Muguruza will be the favourite heading into this match but Kvitova has won the last two matches between the pair and is always dangerous once she reaches the later stages of a big event. This should be an exciting contest.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova, U.S Open R3 Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs (31) ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Magdalena Rybarikova

Garbine Muguruza continues her U.S Open campaign on Thursday afternoon with a potentially tricky third round clash against Magdalena Rybarikova. Muguruza has stormed through her first two matches at Flushing Meadows in straight sets and continues to be the form player on tour at the moment. Rybarikova also brings good form into this matches after a pair of straight set wins over tough opponents. Rybarikova has twice beaten Muguruza but their most recent match at the semi-final stage at Wimbledon earlier this year ended in a 6-1 6-1 demolition in the Spaniardโ€™s favour.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Ying-Ying Duan, U.S Open R2 Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Ying-Ying Duan

Garbine Muguruza made a commanding start to her U.S Open campaign on Monday with a comprehensive 6-0 6-3 victory over Varvara Lepchenko. Muguruza is the form player on the tour right now and she will look to continue to build momentum in her second round clash where she comes up against Chinaโ€™s Ying-Ying Duan.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Varvara Lepchenko, U.S Open R1 Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Varvara Lepchenko

Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will kick-startย proceedings on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2017 U.S Open on Monday morning. Muguruza will come up against Varvara Lepchenko, an opponent whoโ€™s best can be a challenge to most players. Muguruza is the form player heading into this yearโ€™s U.S Open and the rightful favourite to win the title. It will be interesting to see how the Spaniard handles the expectations in New York, this should be a fairly straightforward start for the 3rd seed.

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Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza, ๐Ÿ† Cincinnati Final Preview

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Final: (2) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Simona Halep vs (4) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza

A blockbuster finale is confirmed for Sunday at the Western & Southern Open as Simona Halep comes up against Garbine Muguruza. Halep is again one win away from becoming the world number 1, however a red-hot Muguruza stands in her way. Halep and Muguruza both cruised through their semi-final matches on Saturday, both will be fresh and ready to give their all in Sundayโ€™s final. Muguruza holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Halep, however this will be the first meeting between the pair in over 2 years and it was Halep who won their most recent match. It will be interesting to see how these two match-up against each other, in a match-up that should be seen at the business end of the biggest tournaments over the coming years.

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