WTA Elite Trophy, Group Stage – Prediction
?? (7) Garbine Muguruza vs. ?? (12/wc) Shuai Zhang
It is always tough to know what to expect from Garbine Muguruza. This is particularly true in situations like this when she hasn’t played for a while. Muguruza will be tested in her Zhuhai opener against Shuai Zhang. Zhang may be the lowest ranked player in Zhuhai this week but she has a solid game that will beat Muguruza if the Spaniard does not play a good match.
I’m going to side with Zhang here. Muguruza has been unconvincing for much of 2018 and that has been true over the last few months. Zhang on the hand has been in good form and enjoys playing in China where she will receive great support. Zhang’s defensively ability is likely to frustrate Muguruza in her first match for while. Indeed Zhang’s consistent game should see her sneak through this one against a potentially rusty and distracted Muguruza.