WTA Finals RR: (2) Garbine Muguruza vs (6) Angelique Kerber
Wednesday’s second match from the white group will be blockbuster clash between Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber. Garbine and Angie both won their opening group matches and can secure their spot in the semi-final stage with a victory on Wednesday night. Angelique Kerber will enter this match with revenge on her mind, Garbine has won the last three matches between the pair, all of which have been in 2015. This promises to be a close, high quality encounter between two of the in form players at the event.
Garbine Muguruza made the perfect start to her maiden WTA Finals campaign on Monday evening with a hard-fought 6-3 7-6 victory over Lucie Safarova. The match was played at an extremely high level from start to finish, Garbine did suffer a little slip up in the middle of the second set but would ultimately play her best tennis at the end of the match. The momentum seemed to be with Safarova heading into the second set tiebreaker but Muguruza came up with some huge first serves to blast her way to victory. Garbine is playing with so much confidence at the moment and is certainly one of the favourites to win the title.
Angelique Kerber also made an impressive start on Monday, claiming a 6-2 7-6 victory over Petra Kvitova. Kerber stormed through the opening set against a slightly erratic Kvitova before being forced to battle hard to emerge victorious in straight sets. Angie played clutch tennis at the end of the second set, saving numerous set points in her final service game before sweeping past Petra in the tiebreaker 7-3. Angie will be extremely motivated to continue her winning ways on Wednesday when she comes up against an opponent that has had her measure in recent times.
The head-to-head record between Garbine and Angie is split at 3 victories apiece, Angie won the first 3 matches whilst Garbine has won the 3 most recent encounters. All of Garbine’s victories were in 2015, all of them were very hard-fought. Garbine’s 7-6 1-6 6-2 win over Kerber in the 3rd round at Wimbledon was particularly impressive, one of the highest quality matches of the year. The most recent match between the pair took place in Wuhan, Muguruza won 6-4 7-6. The match ended in controversy when Garbine took a questionable medical timeout in the middle of second set tiebreaker. Angie was rightfully not impressed and will be desperate for revenge here.
I think this will be one of the best matches of the tournament, I suspect an extremely motivated Kerber will get the job done. It’s hard to see Garbine beating Angie four times in a row, the German will not let that happen. Angie will have learnt from the previous matches and she should be able to come up with a strategy to win this one. The court in Singapore should help Angie in this match-up, the dead courts will Angie keep the ball low. Angie for the win.