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Coco Vandeweghe vs. Garbine Muguruza 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Muguruza vs. Vandeweghe
Date & Time Monday January 23, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Muguruza -200 / Vandeweghe +170 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN
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Coco Vandeweghe and Garbine Muguruza meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Coco Vandeweghe is coming off a straight sets win over Angelique Kerber that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Vandeweghe won 78 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Vandeweghe is easily coming off the biggest win of her career and will play in her second grand slam quarterfinal. Vandeweghe has dropped just one set this tournament and has produced a combined 70 winners in her last two matches. We knew Vandeweghe had the power and the shotmaking to be a solid player, it’s just a matter of consistency and putting everything together. Vandeweghe has nine career victories over top-10 players. Vandeweghe hopes to make a grand slam semifinal for the first time in her career. Vandeweghe has won five of her last six matches on hard court.

Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Sorana Cirstea that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 86 percent of her first serve points and 77 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza seems to have put a rough end of 2016 behind her, as she’s looking like the confident and deadly player who won the French Open. Muguruza is serving at an elite percentage and has won her last 11 sets played if you don’t count the match against Alize Cornet in which she retired. Muguruza also has 15 or less unforced errors in two of her last three matches, something she has to be proud of considering her struggles towards the end of last season. Muguruza hopes to make her third career grand slam semifinal. Muguruza has won seven of her last eight matches on hard court.

These two have played three times in the past and Vandeweghe has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Cincinnati Masters, a match Muguruza won in straight sets. Vandeweghe’s last win over Muguruza came in the 2014 Wimbledon.

This could be Vandeweghe’s coming out party and it could set up a very successful 2017 season for the American. The problem is we haven’t seen her put together consistent performances and it’ll be interesting to see how she rebounds from such a monster victory. Muguruza seems dialed in and is showing flashes of the No. 2 player she was six months ago.

This should be a fun match, but you have to like Muguruza to get the victory.

Pick:
Garbine Muguruza

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