Garbine Muguruza vs. Dayana Yastremska
|Date & Time||Friday February 1, 2019, 1:00 AM (EST)|
True Arena Hua Hin
Hua Hin, Thailand
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Garbine Muguruza and Dayana Yastremska meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Thailand Open.
Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Mona Barthel that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 69 percent of her first serve points and 39 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza won 58 of her total services points and produced six breaks on nine break points. Muguruza has won all four sets this tournament, and while she’s capable of being better with her second serve, she’s been aggressive with her return and has made light work of her opponents. With eight breaks in her last four sets, Muguruza seems to be getting her feet under her and putting together some consistent tennis, much better than what she finished 2018 with. This is a tournament Muguruza has to feel she can win with the field opening up. Muguruza has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
Dayana Yastremska is coming off a straight sets win over Shuai Peng that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Yastremska won 83 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Yastremska won 68 percent of her total service points and saved all four of her break points. It wasn’t the cleanest performance from Yastremska, which included five double faults, but she was never in danger of losing the match that took less than an hour and a half to complete. However, Yastremska must clean up the unforced errors if she’s going to make an even deeper run. Yastremska has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since Luxembourg of last year. Yastremska has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was last year in Luxembourg, a match Yastremska won in straight sets. The match took 17 sets to be decided.
Yastremska obviously is a live underdog in this match given that she just beat Muguruza back in October and made a run to the semifinals in which she gave Bencic a run for her money as well. With that said, I’ll chalk that showing up to Muguruza being typical Muguruza. The Spaniard goes through these stretches where she’s unbeatable and a top-five player in the world, and then she puts together lackluster matches where nothing goes right. When Muguruza is playing well, she shouldn’t have an issue with Yastremska.
I’ll side with Muguruza in straight sets.