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Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Garcia will go head-to-head for the second time in as many weeks when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday. Muguruza got the better of the Frenchwoman last week, coming from a set down to beat Garcia in the quarter-finals in Doha. Muguruza has won both of the previous matches beaten the pair, it will be interesting to see if the Spaniard can keep her perfect record over the Frenchwoman alive.
Garbine Muguruza arrived in Dubai fresh off a solid run to the final in Doha last week. Muguruza came up just short against Kvitova in the Doha final but still had a lot of positives to take from that match and the week in general. The Spaniard started her Dubai campaign with a 6-3 7-5 win over Catherina Bellis in a match that started at around midnight and ended at close to 2am. It will be interesting to see how Muguruza recovers.
Caroline Garcia has advanced to the quarter-final stage in Dubai with a couple of victories over tough opponents. Garcia started the week with a tight straight set win over Lucie Safarova before confirming her spot in the final 8 with a 6-4 6-2 win over Ekaterina Makarova. What has stood out this week has been Garcia’s ability to play well at all the important stages, this is an area where Garcia has generally improved quite significantly over the last few months.
Muguruza has a perfect 2-0 record over Garcia. Muguruza beat Garcia 6-4 6-2 in Tokyo last year and 3-6 6-1 6-4 in Doha last week.