Angelique Kerber vs. Garbine Muguruza
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 28, 2015, 11:05 AM (EDT)|
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Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber play Wednesday night in the WTA Championships.
Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Lucie Safarova and has a chance to really make her mark in her first WTA Finals. Muguruza has caught fire recently with wins in her last five singles matches, as her last loss came to Venus Williams in the Wuhan Open. Muguruza admitted to being nervous due to this being the first time she’s played in this tournament in a singles match, but she didn’t show it much in her first victory, as she battled back and made gutsy shots when it mattered most. Muguruza has really broken onto the scene this season and has shown she’s one of the rising stars at just 22 year’s old. A victory here helps cap off what has been a great season for Muguruza.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Petra Kvitova and has now won seven of her last 10 matches. It wasn’t all great for Kerber, however, as she had to save seven of 10 break points and win a second set tiebreak, but a win's a win as they say. Kerber also admitted after the match that she’s been dealing with a weird illness and isn’t feeling like her usual self right now. Still, Kerber is hitting the ball well and continues to be a tough out with her ability to buckle down when it matters most. Kerber has never made it past the round robin stages of the WTA Finals, so a win here would be huge for the 27-year-old.
These two have played six times in the past and they’ve split the series at six apiece. Muguruza has beaten Kerber in the last three matches with the most recent coming in this year’s Wuhan Open. Kerber’s last win over Muguruza came in this year’s Apia International, as this will be the fifth time these two meet this year. This will be the fifth time these two meet on hard court.
This is a complete toss-up, as these two have played each other so much this season and the history has been so up-and-down. If forced to pick, I give the slight edge to Muguruza, as she’s beaten Kerber the last three times. Also, Kerber isn’t feeling well, so that has to come into play as well.
Look for Muguruza to continue her special season and stay hot.