Garbine Muguruza vs. Lesia Tsurenko, Roland Garros R4 Preview

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🇪🇸 (3) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Garbine Muguruza may have entered Roland Garros in poor form and with seemingly little hope of contending for the title but all of that has changed after the first week in Paris. Muguruza was arguably one of the most impressive performers during the first week, steamrolling into the second week without dropping a set. Next up for Muguruza is Lesia Tsurenko. Muguruza will enter this match as a strong favourite against an opponent that has already exceeded expectations in Paris, can Tsurenko continue her dream run in Paris?

Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine in action during her third-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Muguruza has done very well to come through a very tough section of the draw without much fuss. The 3rd seed started the week with a 7-6 6-2 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova before beating Fiona Ferro 6-4 6-3. Muguruza confirmed her spot in the third round with a 6-0 6-2 demolition of Sam Stosur, Muguruza’s win over the Aussie was arguably the most impressive performance anyone was able to produce during the first week. Muguruza has an awesome record in Paris, a champion in 2016, quarter-final appearances in 2014, and 2015 and again into the second week in the last 2 years. Muguruza now looms as a real contender for the title in Paris.

Lesia Tsurenko is into the second week of a Grand Slam for just the second time in her career. Prior to this year’s event the Ukrainian had never even reached the third round in Paris. It has been a great week for Tsurenko who started the tournament with a 3 set win over Stefanie Voegele. Tsurenko booked her spot in the fourth round with back-to-back wins over seeded opponents, 3-6 6-4 6-0 win over 15th seeded CoCo Vandeweghe followed by a 6-2 6-4 win over the 19th seeded Magdalena Rybarikova.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Tsurenko upset the Spaniard in straight sets in Cincinnati in 2015, more recently Muguruza beat Tsurenko 6-4 6-4 in Wuhan last year.

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Garbine Muguruza vs. Samantha Stosur, Roland Garros R3 Preview

Roland Garros, R3 Preview
🇪🇸 (3) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

A blockbuster third round clash in Paris on Saturday sees the 3rd seeded Garbine Muguruza takes on Samantha Stosur, a heavyweight battle in the opening week at Roland Garros. Muguruza and Stosur both have great records at Roland Garros, Muguruza a former champion, Stosur a former finalist. The pair enter this match in good shape after consecutive straight set wins, who will step up and win this exciting match?

Garbine Muguruza of Spain during the first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Garbine Muguruza was dealt an extremely tough opening round draw in Paris. The 2016 Roland Garros champion was unfazed as she defeated fellow former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 6-2. They key to that match was the 7-0 first set tiebreak for the Spaniard. Muguruza booked her spot in the third round with a surprisingly tough 6-4 6-3 win over Fiona Ferro.

Sam Stosur has also come through a dangerous section of the draw. Stosur started the week with a commanding 6-2 6-4 win over Yanina Wickmayer before defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 7-6. Stosur was behind for most of the second set but a beak as Pavlyuchenkova served for the set turned the match in Stosur’s favour as she cruised to victory in the second set tiebreak.

Muguruza holds a 2-1 H2H record over Stosur. The most recent match between the pair took place in Brisbane last year, Muguruza claimed an extremely hard-fought 7-5 6-7 7-5 victory. Muguruza also defeated Stosur at the semi-final stage at Roland Garros in 2016, a 6-2 6-4 win.

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Garbine Muguruza vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, R1 Preview
🇪🇸 (3) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇷🇺 Svetlana Kuznetsova

The pick of the opening round matches in Paris sees two former Roland Garros champions collide as 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza takes on 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. This will be the second year in a row that Muguruza has come up against a fellow Roland Garros champion in the opening round after beating Francesca Schiavone in the opening round last year.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain practices ahead of the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Muguruza’s form has not been great in 2018. The Spaniard’s form during the clay court swing in the leadup to Paris was lacklustre, opening round defeats in Stuttgart and Rome and a third round showing in Madrid, really poor given what Muguruza is capable of. Muguruza’s most recent loss was a brutal one, beaten by Daria Gavrilova in a marathon match in Rome, Muguruza gave up a 4-0 lead in the deciding set, squandering match points to lose a final set tiebreak.

Kuznetsova’s form has also been unimpressive heading into the second Grand Slam of the year. Kuznetsova only recently started her season after injury saw her miss the first couple of months of the year. Kuznetsova has amassed a poor 3-6 win/loss record in 2018, most recently the Russian was beaten in the opening round in Madrid at the hands of Petra Martic and suffered a second round loss in Rome at the hands of Anett Kontaveit.

This has been a great match-up for Muguruza. The Spaniard holds a 5-1 head-to-head record over Kuznetsova and has won the last 5 matches between the pair. Muguruza has beaten Kuznetsova on every surface, most recently it was a 6-2 5-7 7-5 win for Muguruza in Cincinnati last year. Whilst the H2H record looks lopsided, all of the matches between the pair have been close.

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Garbine Muguruza vs. Donna Vekic, Madrid R2 Preview

Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Preview
🇪🇸 (3) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇭🇷 Donna Vekic

Garbine Muguruza continues her Mutua Madrid Open campaign on Tuesday with a second round clash against Croatia’s Donna Vekic. Muguruza has never made is past the second round in Madrid, the top ranked Spaniard will be desperate to change that in 2018 and will be a warm favourite to do so when she takes on Vekic for a spot in the third round.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Muguruza and Vekic secured similarly comfortable victories to book their spots in the second round in Madrid. Muguruza claimed a 6-4 6-2 win over Shuai Peng whilst Vekic defeated Georgina Garcia-Perez 6-2 6-4. There are contrasting expectations placed on these two at this event, the third seeded Muguruza is under great pressure to finally perform well at her home event whilst little is expected of Vekic given clay has always been considered her least preferred surface.

Interestingly it was Vekic who won the only previous matches between the pair, a 7-6 7-6 win on a hard court in Monterrey in 2014. Of course much has changed since then, Muguruza has become a 2-time Grand Slam champion whilst Vekic has made little progress.

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Garbine Muguruza vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Stuttgart R2 Preview

Porsche Tennis GP, Stuttgart R2 Preview
🇪🇸 (2) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇷🇺 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

The pick of the second round matches on Thursday from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix sees the second seeded Garbine Muguruza kick-start her Stuttgart campaign with a potentially difficult clash against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Garbine Muguruza arrives in Stuttgart on a high having helped guide Spain to a 3-0 victory over Paraguay in their Fed Cup world group 2 playoff and having won the title in Monterrey prior to that. Muguruza also holds a 3-0 H2H record over Pavlyuchenkova, all signs seemingly point to a Muguruza win.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in action at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Muguruza seems to finally be working her way into form in 2018. It was in Monterrey where Muguruza committed to building her confidence at the International level, dropping just 1 set on route to the title. More recently Muguruza was involved in Spain’s Fed Cup world group 2 playoff victory over Paraguay. The reigning Wimbledon champion was surprisingly pushed all the way in her first match with Montserrat Gonzalez before claiming a straight set win over Veronica Cepede Royg to end the tie. Muguruza will be hoping to continue to build momentum in Stuttgart as she seeks to add some more big title to her trophy cabinet.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had made a horror start to 2018 but there have been some good signs for the Russian of late. Pavlyuchenkova had a good victory over Anastasija Sevastova during Russia’s Fed Cup world group 2 playoff defeat at the hands of Latvia on the weekend. Pavlyuchenkova started her Stuttgart campaign with a critical 7-6 5-7 6-4 win over Madison Keys, her biggest win of the season to date. Pavlyuchenkova looked to be heading for a straight set win for most of the match but did well to regroup in the third set and finally clinch victory in a match that lasted over 3 hours.

It is Muguruza who enters this match with a 3-0 H2H advantage. The most recent match between the pair was in Cincinnati in 2016, a 7-5 6-1 win for Muguruza. This will be their first career meeting on clay.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Daria Kasatkina, Dubai SF Preview

🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, SF Preview
🇪🇸 (2) Garbine Muguruza vs 🇷🇺 Daria Kasatkina

Garbine Muguruza and Daria Kasatkina will go head-to-head in the first semi-final at the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. If the last meeting between the pair is anything to go by, we are in for an exciting encounter. The most recent match between the pair took place in Brisbane last year, an epic which ended in a final set tiebreak, Muguruza saved match point on route to a memorable victory. Muguruza and Kasatkina are both in great form heading into this match, expect another close battle between two tough competitors.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action during her quarter-final at the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships WTA Premier tennis tournament

Garbine Muguruza is having a good couple of weeks in the Middle East after a poor start to the season. The Spaniard ignited her 2018 season in Doha last week where she reached the final, Muguruza fell just short against Kvitova in what was a high quality, 3 set final. It was an important week for Muguruza in Doha given she was yet to win back-to-back matches heading into the event. After a short turnaround, Muguruza has done well to adapt to the conditions in Dubai. The second seed has won a couple of straight set matches to reach the semi-finals in Dubai, beating Catherine Bellis 6-3 7-5 and Caroline Garcia 7-5 6-2.

Daria Kasatkina has also seen a seen a significant reversal in her fortunes over the last few weeks. It all started for Kasatkina in St. Petersburg where she upset world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki on rote to a semi-final showing. It has been another impressive week for Kasatkina in Dubai. The Russian has beaten 3 quality opponents on rote to the semi-finals. The 20-year-old started the week with a straight set win over former champion Agnieszka Radwanska before coming from a set and a break down, saving match points to defeat Johanna Konta. Kasatkina confirmed her spot in the semi-finals with a 7-6 6-1 win over Elena Vesnina.

Muguruza has won both of the previous matches between the pair. A 6-4 6-1 win on clay in Marrakech in 2015 and more recently a hard-fought 7-5 3-6 7-6 victory at the Brisbane International last year.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Caroline Garcia, Dubai QF Preview

🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, QF Preview
🇪🇸 (2) Garbine Muguruza vs 🇫🇷 (5) Caroline Garcia

Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Garcia will go head-to-head for the second time in as many weeks when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday. Muguruza got the better of the Frenchwoman last week, coming from a set down to beat Garcia in the quarter-finals in Doha. Muguruza has won both of the previous matches beaten the pair, it will be interesting to see if the Spaniard can keep her perfect record over the Frenchwoman alive.

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Garbine Muguruza arrived in Dubai fresh off a solid run to the final in Doha last week. Muguruza came up just short against Kvitova in the Doha final but still had a lot of positives to take from that match and the week in general. The Spaniard started her Dubai campaign with a 6-3 7-5 win over Catherina Bellis in a match that started at around midnight and ended at close to 2am. It will be interesting to see how Muguruza recovers.

Caroline Garcia has advanced to the quarter-final stage in Dubai with a couple of victories over tough opponents. Garcia started the week with a tight straight set win over Lucie Safarova before confirming her spot in the final 8 with a 6-4 6-2 win over Ekaterina Makarova. What has stood out this week has been Garcia’s ability to play well at all the important stages, this is an area where Garcia has generally improved quite significantly over the last few months.

Muguruza has a perfect 2-0 record over Garcia. Muguruza beat Garcia 6-4 6-2 in Tokyo last year and 3-6 6-1 6-4 in Doha last week.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Petra Kvitova, Doha Final Preview

Qatar Total Open, Doha Final Preview
(4) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (16) 🇨🇿 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 Sunday’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 Muguruza’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. Muguruza’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 Sunday’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. Kvitova’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 🇦🇺🦈 R2 Preview
(1/wc) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs 🇳🇱 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 Muguruza’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

WTA Finals, 🏆🇸🇬🦁🐉🏨 Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
RR: ⚪ White Group: (2) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (5) 🇺🇸 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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