Garbine Muguruza vs Ying-Ying Duan, Doha R2 Preview

Qatar Total Open, Doha R2 Preview
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Garbine Muguruza begins her 2018 Qatar Total Open campaign on Tuesday with a second round match-up against China’s Ying-Ying Duan. Muguruza will be in action for the first time since her extremely disappointing second round exit at the Australian Open at the hands of Su-Wei Hsieh. Muguruza has recently reunited with Conchita Martinez, Garbine will be working with Conchita alongside Sam Sumyk over the next couple of months. It will be interesting to see if Garbine’s new coaching arrangement has an immediate impact on her results in Doha.

It has been a poor start to the season for Muguruza. The Spaniard’s Australian summer did not go to plan, an early round retirement at the Brisbane International followed by a shock second round loss to Su-Wei Hsieh at the Australian Open. Muguruza will be hoping to gain some momentum over the next couple of weeks in the Middle East, perhaps her recent pairing with Conchita Martinez will be the spark the Spaniard requires to ignite her season.

Ying-Ying Duan has already won 3 matches this week. Duan made it through the qualifying draw with wins over Krejcikova and Zvonareva before confirming a second round showdown with Muguruza courtesy of a 6-2 6-4 opening round win over Ons Jabeur.

The only previous match between the pair took place at the U.S Open last year. Muguruza ran away with the match after a very tight opening, winning 6-4 6-0.

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