?? Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, SF Prediction
?? (2) Garbine Muguruza vs ?? Daria Kasatkina
I’m going to go for the upset here, I like Kasatkina’s chances. This match features an interesting contrast in styles, the powerful, aggressive, flat hitting of Muguruza against the speed, consistency and shape of Kasatkina. The last time these two did battle was in Brisbane last year, Muguruza won in a third set tiebreak in what was an epic encounter, a match that showed that Kasatkina can be successful in this match-up.
I like Kasatkina in this match-up because of her defensive ability, her variety but also her ability to attack. These are all the features required to have success against Muguruza. Kasatkina loves a challenge and has an awesome record against top players having already beaten 2 reigning world number 1’s in her short career. I still have question marks about Muguruza’s fitness after arriving in Dubai off a long week in Doha. I think Kasatkina is playing well enough to make this a long, close match, this situation favours the Russian and I think she has a good chance to make the most of this opportunity.