Garbine Muguruza vs Angelique Kerber, Wuhan SF Preview

Wuhan SF #2: (5) Garbine Muguruza vs (6) Angelique Kerber

The blockbuster semi-final of the day at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open sees Garbine Muguruza take on Angelique Kerber, the winner of this semi-final will be the strong favourite to claim the title on Saturday. Garbine and Angelique have built up quite a rivalry in 2015, Angelique won their first meeting in Sydney but Garbine won when it mattered most, claiming victories at Roland Garros and Wimbledon over the German.

Garbine Muguruza is having a wonderful week in Wuhan, recapturing the form that saw her reach her first career Grand Slam final earlier this year at Wimbledon. Garbine has been close to unplayable this week when she has been at her best, the Spaniard started the week with a commanding 6-2 6-0 victory over Sloane Stephens before winning 11 of the last 12 games to defeat Ana Ivanovic 4-6 6-1 6-0. Garbine’s third set against Ivanovic was almost flawless, committing just 1 unforced error whilst blasting Ivanovic off the court in a scintillating performance.

 

Garbine Muguruza booked her spot in the final 4 with a commanding 6-2 6-2 victory over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. It was another superb performance by the Spaniard who never let the Slovakian settle into the match. Garbine Muguruza is now almost certain to reach her first ever WTA Finals campaign in Singapore, Garbine currently sits in 5th place in the live race and will also reach the top 5 in the rankings for the very first time when the new rankings come out next week.

Angelique Kerber is also very close to securing her spot at the upcoming WTA Finals in Singapore, Angie is up to 7th in the live race standings and can confirm her place at the season finale by claiming her fifth title of the year this week in Wuhan. Angie’s progression through the draw this week hasn’t been quite as impressive as Garbine’s, but she has done what she had needed to do. Angie started the week with a three set victory over Jelena Jankovic before defeating Camila Giorgi and CoCo Vandeweghe in straight sets.

 

Angie and Garbine have one of the most competitive rivalries on tour, the two seem to bring out the best in each other. Angelique Kerber holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Muguruza, however the Spaniard has won 2 of their 3 meetings in 2015 including their two most recent matches. Garbine came from a set down to defeat Angie at Roland Garros before defeating the German 7-6 1-6 6-2 in a memorable match at Wimbledon. Importantly, Kerber has won all three of their previous encounters on a hard court.

This is a really tough match to call, this is one of the most event match-ups on tour. Garbine does have the firepower to hurt Angie, however the medium pace hard courts in Wuhan probably help Angie in this match-up. Kerber will still be hurting from her previous two losses to Garbine and will be desperate for revenge on Friday evening. Furthermore, Angie’s form has been far more consistent than Garbine’s over the last couple of months so I’m going to side with her.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets

0 responses to “Garbine Muguruza vs Angelique Kerber, Wuhan SF Preview”

  1. Nice. I like Vinci in 3 vs Venus and Muguruza in 3 vs Angie. But I think both will be great watches. Really fun watching Muguruza and Venus in this tourney. I didn’t see the Venus match today, but I was watching the score line on my phone and it was just as I imagined when I watched the highlights later. Even though I couldn’t see what was going on in the final set, I could just sense that Venus was tiring. Every point was taking an eternity! I had some money on Venus so it was excruciating!

    • Her second serve was ridiculously slow by the end of the match, she was actually pretty lucky to get through that match

  2. Venus will beat Vinci. Venus’s forehands have no pace unlike Serena’s forehands like to add some spins which play into Vinci war zone sometimes.

    Pliskova is an error machine like Petra. However, when her forehands were on song in QF, Vinci just couldn’t return them. Venus’s forehand is even more powerful. I am rooting for Venus to save tennis.

    • I agree that it is potentially a good match-up for Venus, however after watching her last night I don’t see her being at her best physically. Against Vinci, that is unlikely to end well for her

  3. I expect Venus to be tired by the second set unless she just hammers down on Vinci in the first set and breaks her spirit. If Vinci can manage to drag out the first set and really work Venus, it could get interesting. Venu shad been playing well though prior to Konta. Even though I was only watching the score line, I definitely was sensing something going awry when Konta broke her a couple times early.

  4. For one thing, they are playing in indoor condition for the semi final. Vinci and Pliskova match was outdoor.

    If it is indoor condition, the balls will be heavier and play to Venus favour. Frankly speaking, I will leave this match alone. I will not risk my money due to unforeseen Venus physical conditions which I couldn’t tell. If she is fine, Venus in 2.

    Good luck if you put your money on Vinci.

      • What I mean Pliskova match was outdoor therefore it favours Vinci more. The new stadium condition is more like an indoor condition. Nevertheless, I was right Venus took out Vinci.

        If the match play in the late afternoon, it will help Muguruza a lots because the velocity of the balls will be slower and suits Muguruza more. I am rooting for Muguruza to win after making some money from Venus.

  5. I didn’t put any big money on Vinci to win, that would have been foolish. But I did put some pretty big money on Venus to beat Konta which was pretty close to disaster.

  6. Wow, what an amazing finish from Muguruza. Thought for sure she was going to crack after all of the bad shots she made when Kerber broke her at 6-5. Then, the injury. But Muguruza was outhitting her the entire match and crushed two shots at the end. In my opinion, Kerber was really lucky to be in it at all.

    • Yes, Muguruza was clearly the better player for the majority of the match.. I thought Angie was unlucky in the end, was not a good time for Garbine to take a MTO, I didn’t like that.

  7. Yeah, the timeout clearly broke any rhythm/momentum that Angie had. I was disappointed that it didn’t go three sets… that could have been really interesting. Don’t think Garbine would have been able to do it on that ankle.

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