🐪 Dubai DFTC – R2 Preview
🇪🇸 (12) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇨🇳 Saisai Zheng
The 12th seeded Garbine Muguruza continues her Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships campaign on Tuesday with a second round clash against China’s Saisai Zheng. Muguruza claimed an important opening round win on Sunday against Dayana Yastremska, an opponent she has struggled against in the past and will look to keep that momentum going with a solid showing against Zheng.
Muguruza fought from a set down to defeat Dayana Yastremska 4-6 6-3 6-3 to reach the second round in Dubai. A good win for Muguruza considering she lost to Yastremska in their only 2 previous matches. Though it must be said the match was not played at a high quality with the pair combining for over 100 unforced errors.
Saisai Zheng secured her spot in the second round in Dubai with a dramatic 3 set win over Ajla Tomljanovic. Zheng found herself up 5-1 in the deciding set but stumbled to lose the next 4 games as Tomljanovic levelled for 5-5. Zheng did well to remain composed given the circumstances and eventually claimed a 6-2 4-6 7-5 win.
The only previous match between the pair took place earlier this year at the opening round stage of the Australian Open, Muguruza won that match 6-2 6-3.