Garcia vs. Muguruza
|Date & Time||Friday September 22, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Garcia meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Monica Puig that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 77 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza looked good in her first match since the US Open, as she got 73 percent of her first serves in play and won 53 percent of her return points. Muguruza has been extremely consistent with her return as of late and it puts a lot of pressure on her opponent to spray winners if they’re going to pull off the victory. Muguruza has dropped a combined 10 games in her last three matches she’s won. Muguruza has won five of her last six quarterfinal matches. Muguruza hopes to make her seventh semifinal appearance of the season. Muguruza has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.
Caroline Garcia is coming off a straight sets win over Kurumi Nara that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Garcia won 85 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Garcia has won all four sets this tournament and is coming off a match in which she won 53 percent of her return points. Garcia has to be more consistent with her service game if she’s going to have a chance of advancing further in this tournament, but she’s giving herself a ton of break chances with her return success. Garcia has now won eight of her last 11 sets played and has a shot at her ninth career win over a top-10 player and first this season. Garcia has won six of her last eight quarterfinal matches. Garcia hopes to make her fifth semifinal appearance of the season. Garcia has won seven of her last 10 matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
In her first match, Garcia struggled with her first serve, and she had issues with her second serve yesterday. That inconsistency against an aggressive pitbull in Muguruza, who is playing sharp and clean tennis, isn’t going to fly. Muguruza is going to pounce on the weak serves and make Garcia extremely uncomfortable if she’s not able to get the ball in play. This is a match Muguruza should have little trouble advancing.
While Garcia can make this match competitive when she’s on, Muguruza is playing too well to fade in this spot.