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?? (4) Garbine Muguruza vs ?? Sorana Cirstea
Garbine Muguruza continues her 2018 Qatar Total Open campaign on Thursday when she opens proceedings on Centre Court against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea. Muguruza is yet to find her best tennis in 2018, the Spaniard will be hoping that a recent reunion with Conchita Martinez will be the spark she needs to ignite her 2018 season. Muguruza will be confident heading into this match having easily beaten Cirstea in their two previous meetings.
Garbine Muguruza made a successful return to the court on Tuesday in her first appearance since a disappointing Australian summer. Muguruza received an opening round bye in Doha before beating Chinese qualifier Ying-Ying Duan 6-3 6-4. It was a fairly clinical performance by Muguruza apart from a shaky finish which saw her come very close to squandering a 5-1 lead.
Sorana Cirstea booked her spot in the third round in Doha with a couple of good victories over very solid opponents. Cirstea started the week with a 6-2 6-3 win over Maria Sakkari before upsetting the 15th seeded Elise Mertens 7-5 6-4. Cirstea is a dangerous player when she gets on a roll, the Romanian can really build some momentum by claiming a big win over Muguruza in Doha.
Muguruza holds a perfect 2-0 head-to-head record over Cirstea. Both of the previous matches between the pair took place at the Grand Slam level last year, a 6-2 6-3 win for Muguruza at the Australian and 6-2 6-2 at Wimbledon.