Barty vs. Muguruza
|Date & Time||Saturday June 24, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Garbine Muguruza and Ashleigh Barty meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Birmingham Classic.
Garbine Muguruza is coming off a two set win over Coco Vandeweghe that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 69 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza was going to play a third set in the quarterfinals before Coco was forced to retire with an ankle injury. Muguruza is now in her third semifinals match of the season and is coming off a match in which she got 68 percent of her first serves in play. It's all about consistency with Muguruza, as we know what she's capable of when playing at a high level, but the significant drops in play make her very tough to back. Muguruza looks for her first final appearance since last year's French Open. Muguruza has won four of her last five matches on grass court.
Ashleigh Barty is coming off a one set win over Camila Giorgi that took seven games to decide. In the victory, Barty won 89 percent of her first serve points and 80 percent of her second serve points. Barty looked really good for what little the match was played before Giorgi was forced to retire. Barty has simply dominated her service game this tournament and gives herself a chance to win this match if she can continue those percentages. In fact, Barty has won five straight matches when winning at least 70 percent of her first serve points, something she's done all three times in this tournament. Barty hopes to make her second career final appearance and second this season. Barty has won five of her last six matches on grass court.
These two have never previously met on the tennis court.
Barty has played some really solid tennis this tournament and has a chance to get to another final depending on which Muguruza decides to show up. However, Barty has struggled with her return this tournament, and Muguruza has the power shots and the shotmaking ability to take advantage of that. There’s going to be a lot of pressure on Barty to take her game to another level, and I’m not sure she's capable of that just yet because we haven't quite seen it.
I’ll take Muguruza to get to the final.