Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Garbine Muguruza, Wimbledon QF Preview

Wimbledon?????? Quarter-Final Match Preview:
QF #1: (7) ?? Svetlana Kuznetsova vs (14) ?? Garbine Muguruza

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Garbine Muguruza are two of the form players heading into the business end of the tournament at SW19, the pair will collide in what promises to be a fiercely contested quarter-final clash on Tuesday. Kuznetsova has sailed through to the quarter-final stage without dropping a set, crushing Agnieszka Radwanska to advance to the final 8 in London for the first time since 2007. Garbine Muguruza also enters Tuesday’s match with great momentum having eliminated world number 1 Angelique Kerber in three sets on Monday. Muguruza has won the last three matches between the pair but Kuznetsova is never to be written off.

Grass has always been considered Svetlana Kuznetsova’s lest preferred surface. However, the versatile Russian is now a genuine contender to win the title this week, to claim her third Grand Slam title would cement her spot as one of the greats of this era. Kuznetsova secured comfortable straight wins over Ons Jabeur, Ekaterina Makarova and Polona Hercog in the first week of the event before producing her best performance of the tournament thus far to cruise past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-4. Kuznetsova is also into the quarter-finals in the doublew draw alongside Kristina Mladenovic.

Garbine Muguruza quietly made her way through the first week without much fuss. The Spaniard accounted for Ekaterina Alexandrova, Yanina Wickmayer and Sorana Cirstea in straight sets. It was in the fourth round that the former finalist faced her first real test and she came through impressively. Muguruza came from a set down to upset world number 1 Angelique Kerber 4-6 6-4 6-4. Muguruza was behind for the majority of her match with Kerber, twice down a break in the deciding set but the Spaniard stuck to her aggressive game and it ultimately paid off. Muguruza is coming forward a lot this tournament, with great success thus far.

Muguruza holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Kuznetsova. Muguruza has won the last three matches between the pair, including a 7-5 6-4 victory at the Brisbane International earlier this year. Tuesday’s match will be the first meeting between the two on a grass court, a surface that is considered least preferred for both. It will be interesting to see who steps up and takes this match.

This looms as a tough match to call. Both Kuznetsova and Muguruza enter this match in great form, on the back of big victories on Monday over quality opponents. Muguruza’s super aggression has generally been tough for Kuznetsova to handle in this match-up, however it is easy for the Spaniard to be too aggressive in this type of match-up. I’m going to give Kuznetsova the edge here. Kuznetsova seems revitalized and on a mission at the moment and will know what to expect from Muguruza, the Russian has the game to counter the Muguruza strengths and probably enters this match the fresher of the two. Muguruza’s ability to back up from a big win over Kerber in less than 24 hours is questionable whilst Kuznetsova is fresh and ready to go.


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Prediction: Svetlana Kuznetsova to defeat Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets

0 responses to “Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Garbine Muguruza, Wimbledon QF Preview”

    • I picked the outsider in most matches, i’m not just going to pick the favourite and get more right to please trolls like you.

      • Getting a bit touchy… I see…relax.
        I’m not a troll in this case, your site is very specific on what it offers, and that is analysis and predictions of tennis matches.
        The point being is just that, it’s an awful record, own it and try to improve, if you care too.
        Don’t get all butt hurt and whine about it like a child.
        And now you just opened up a can of worms, with your response “i’m not just going to pick the favourite and get more right”, so what does that mean? It’s not your intention to actually attempt to pick the winners?….You’d rather get more Kudos for writing up some trumped up analysis to why an underdog is going to win….lol. I think you put your foot in your mouth there. I wouldn’t expect you to just pick the favorites but more times then not if you are really making an attempt to pick winners you would be picking a heavy volume of favorites, naturally. That’s the whole point is to pick the winner and underdogs win too. I like your content, seriously, but now I’m starting to see why you pick off the wall upsets, like your girl Putinseva…lol

  1. Fair enough…I don’t want to make you feel like I’m attacking you, I just want you to make better picks….lol Attacking you isn’t going to gain me anything. I’m on your side, but it can hurt me when I’m trying to gather information to pick winners and you may be out on a limb….
    I noticed you put up a best picks section, then as soon as it was up, it was gone???
    That sounded interesting to me….
    If not, I will try to decipher by your tone how strong you feel about a particular prediction.
    Anyways sorry if I came off so negative, but you went way against the grain there and the outcomes where pretty straightforward, I think Ostapenko was the only underdog to Svitolina (slight dog at that)… I rely on gathering information, and I check your predictions every time along with mootennis.com and espn, etc… I was very conflicted when I saw your picks, I ended up nonetheless taking Venus, Halep, Muguruza, Kuz and had a great day.
    I went 2 of 3 picking Venus, Mugz and missing on Halep (you were right Konta in 3)
    Cheers.

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