Bianca Andreescu vs. Garbine Muguruza
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 13, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Bianca Andreescu and Garbine Muguruza meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Bianca Andreescu is coming off a straight sets win over Qiang Wang that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Andreescu won 82 percent of her first serve points and 37 percent of her second serve points. Andreescu won 64 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her eight break points. Andreescu continues what has been a breakout couple of months for the 18-year-old, as she’s now won 14 of her last 15 matches when you include two Fed Cup matches, and she’s now in her third straight quarterfinal. Andreescu has served well for the most part and has won each of her last eight sets. The moment doesn’t seem too big for Andreescu, and her play is probably only going to improve as the confidence builds with more big matches under her belt. Andreescu has won 12 of her last 13 matches on outdoor hard court.
Garbine Muguruza is coming off a three sets win over Kiki Bertens that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 65 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on seven of her 14 break points. Muguruza looked extremely sharp in the final two sets, hitting the ball with great depth and winning long, physical rallies. Assuming she can keep that form and isn’t burnt out after playing two and a half hour of physical tennis, Muguruza has to be in the conversation of somebody who can win this tournament. Muguruza hopes to make the semifinal of a Premier Mandatory for the second time in her career, her first ever at Indian Wells. Muguruza has won five of her last six matches on outdoor hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
This is going to be a fun match between an established star and a rising player who is on an absolute tear. You could make a case for either side, especially with fatigue possibly coming into play for Muguruza. Still, I give Muguruza the edge based on big match experience and the way she was hitting the ball in the final two sets of her last match. When Muguruza is hitting the ball with confidence, approaching the net with no hesitation and has that pep in her step, she’s one of the toughest players in the world. Andreescu clearly can get to that point, but she’s not there yet and the stage/opponent may be a bit too big for her right now.
I like Muguruza to reach the semifinals.