Alison Van Uytvanck vs. Garbine Muguruza
|Date & Time||Sunday September 23, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Muguruza -222 / Van Uytvanck +170 -- Over/Under:
Garbine Muguruza and Alison Van Uytvanck meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis Wuhan Open.
Garbine Muguruza is back to her struggling ways, as she enters this tournament losing five of her last eight matches. Muguruza is coming off a loss in Japan in which she won just three games and 41 percent of her total service points. This is starting to become a pattern for Muguruza, as one month she’ll be unbeatable and make consistent title runs, while the next month she’ll lose to players outside of the top-100 and pile up the unforced errors. At this point, it’s tough to predict which Muguruza we’re going to get, so you should tread lightly when it comes to betting her matches. Muguruza has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
Alison Van Uytvanck enters this tournament on a five-match losing streak and has won just one match since the Wimbledon. Van Uytvanck is coming off a match in which she was broken five times and had five double faults. If there’s good news, it’s that three of Van Uytvanck’s last five losses in the main draw were decided in three sets, so she’s competing at least despite the poor results. Still, it’s been a bond brutal hard court season for Van Uytvanck, who was coming off some nice success on grass. Van Uytvanck needs to serve well and get off to a fast start if she’s going to have a chance of turning the corner in this match. Van Uytvanck has lost five straight matches on hard court.
These two have split the previous two matches, as Van Uytvanck won this years Wimbledon and Muguruza won in Brazil of 2014. Both matches were decided in three sets.
It’s always risky backing Muguruza when she’s going through these rollercoaster results, but she is the better player here and betting on Van Uytvanck simply isn’t an option. Muguruza is playing bad based on her standards, Van Uytvanck is simply in awful form regardless of who it is.
This is a match Muguruza should win, and the price isn’t crazy steep.