Garbine Muguruza vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 29, 2020, 10:00 AM (EST)|
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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has made it through to the quarterfinals of the 2020 WTA Australian Open. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will now play against Garbine Muguruza for a spot in the semifinals.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has been in tremendous touch throughout this tournament as she has already eliminated the number 2 seed, Karolina Pliskova. The good form continued in the previous round which Pavlyuchenkova defeating Angelique Kerber in 3 sets. It was a courageous performance by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as she lost the opening set but fought back strongly to win the final 2 sets and the match. During the win, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won over 80% of her service games and 5 return games. This is expected to be another challenging match for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as she is playing against a 2-time Grand Slam winner.
Similar to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Garbine Muguruza has also been in outstanding touch as she has defeated elite players like Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens. Muguruza defeated Bertens in straight sets in the previous round. It was a comfortable win for Garbine Muguruza as she won close to 80% of her service points and 5 return points. The receiving was especially strong as Garbine Muguruza won close to 50% of her receiving points. Things are looking hugely positive for Garbine Muguruza and she will be optimistic about her chances of challenging for the title.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Garbine Muguruza have played each other 5 times in the past. Muguruza has won on 4 occasions while Pavlyuchenkova has won only once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 when Muguruza won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Garbine Muguruza to win this match. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has played well but she lacks the experience required to win big tournaments and I see that being an issue. Garbine Muguruza is playing well and she has won Grand Slams in the past. I see Muguruza winning this match and secure a spot in the semifinals.