Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza, ? Cincinnati Final Preview

Western & Southern Open, ???? Cincinnati Preview + Prediction
Final: (2) ?? Simona Halep vs (4) ?? Garbine Muguruza

A blockbuster finale is confirmed for Sunday at the Western & Southern Open as Simona Halep comes up against Garbine Muguruza. Halep is again one win away from becoming the world number 1, however a red-hot Muguruza stands in her way. Halep and Muguruza both cruised through their semi-final matches on Saturday, both will be fresh and ready to give their all in Sunday’s final. Muguruza holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Halep, however this will be the first meeting between the pair in over 2 years and it was Halep who won their most recent match. It will be interesting to see how these two match-up against each other, in a match-up that should be seen at the business end of the biggest tournaments over the coming years.

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Simona Halep is yet to drop a set this week in Cincinnati as she has progressed to her second final at the Western & Southern Open. Halep started the event with comfortable wins over Taylor Townsend and Anastasija Sevastova. Halep’s toughest test was at the quarter-final stage where she survived a late scare to defeat Johanna Konta 6-4 7-6. Halep secured her spot in Sunday’s final with a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 demolition of Sloane Stephens. Halep has spent minimal time on court this week and will have a full tank heading into the final which could be a big factor.

Garbine Muguruza is having a fantastic week in Cincinnati. Muguruza has shown a new maturity all year, especially in response to her Wimbledon triumph in the opening weeks of the U.S Open series. Muguruza has had a very tough passage to the final, beating multiple opponents that she has a negative head-to-head record against. Muguruza started the event with a comprehensive 6-2 6-0 win over Beatriz Maia Haddad before winning a couple of epic three set matches over Madison Keys and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Muguruza saved her best performance for the semi-final stage where she cruised past Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-2.

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Garbine Muguruza holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Simona Halep. Muguruza won their first two matches, both on a hard court before Halep won their most recent match 3-6 6-1 6-3 on clay in Stuttgart in 2015.

This looms as a very tough match to call. Halep and Muguruza are both in great form and both have heaps to play for. Halep is playing for the number 1 ranking whilst another tournament win for Muguruza so soon after Wimbledon would be a huge achievement for the Spaniard. It’s hard to know how this match-up will unfold since these two haven’t gone head-to-head in over two years. I’m going to give the slight edge to Halep. The Romanian will be the fresher of the pair heading into this match having spent much less time on court and will use that to frustrate Muguruza with her defensive skills. Halep’s ability to absorbed and redirect pace will be a factor here, she also likes a target at the net if Muguruza comes forward, I think Halep will grind out the win here and become the new world number 1.

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Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets

0 responses to “Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza, ? Cincinnati Final Preview”

  1. WTA Addict and Moo Tennis are going with Halep, I have to disagree here. Muguruza is playing rock solid tennis right now. She took out Pliskova without much problem. Pliskova did not give it away either, Muguruza beat her. Halep is undeniably an elite player. I’ve bet her the entire way, but my money is on Mugz, just as consistent in the ground strokes with a better serve and more power overall, Halep covers the court slightly better…..advantage Mugz, it doesn’t get much better than this….I’m ready to watch

  2. Based on performances of this week, I want Muguruza to win this. She had such a tough route to the final.
    Also think that this match is on her racket.
    So take that title, Garbi!

    • I agree that the match will mostly be on her racket and yes she has had the tougher route but that could be her downfall

  3. To see Muguruza playing that well is just gorgeous.
    Hope she grabs No.1 ranking soon. She would be the best No.1 atm.

  4. Congrats Jason on your big win!

    I won big on Mugurza and also Alize Cornet!

    Bet big (prebet and live) on one of most FAV WTA players ,Mugs and won probably the biggest bet in 2017 (25 units)!

    I knew that just like Woz struggles to handle the power of power players like Svitolina,Pliskova, I knew that halep will also be smashed (like Pliskova), bet big and won. More power with intelligent placement=More Winners(which the opponent cannot handle) and an easy game win. All 4 of Halep’s opponents were weak hard court players or not in form or flakey. So Halep’s 2-0 score win looked fakely impressive. Besides, i also fade Woz and Haelp in the finals as they don’t have the nerves to handle it especially when something big(World NO.1 ranking) is on the line!

    I must thank wtaadict as I got many inputs (for picking winners) from your writeup’s on Mugs and Halep from the previous matches, which I make notes of. Thnx for your great , thoughtful Writeup’s/Articles…they help in predicting winners in future matches also!

    • Congratulations. Great call by yourself on Muguruza, happy for you

      Halep crumbled under the pressure, Muguruza was great and is in reality the best player in the world right now

      Thank for your kind comments.

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