Garbine Muguruza and Irina-Camelia Begu meet in the semifinals of the 2016 Rome Masters.
Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets victory over Timea Bacsinszky that took 20 games to decide. Muguruza has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost no more than five games in a single set. Muguruza has now won seven of her last nine singles matches and is looking for more momentum heading into the French Open. It has been a hit or miss season so far for Muguruza, and she would love to use this tournament to finally get out of her funk. This is Muguruza’s first semifinals appearance of the Rome Masters, and she’s looking for her first finals appearance since the 2015 China Open.
Irina-Camelia Begu is coming off a straight sets win over Misaki Doi that took 21 games to decide. Begu has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost no more than four games in seven of her eight sets. Begu has now won seven of her last eight singles matches and has really experienced more success ever since the Miami Masters. Begu made the quarterfinals in Madrid and Charleston, but this is clearly the biggest match of her career at 25 years old. Begu has a chance to crack the top-25 for the first time if she can continue this recent surge. This is Begu’s first career semifinal appearance of a big tournament. Begu looks for her first final appearance since the 2015 Korea Open.
These two have played three times in the past, and Muguruza has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in this year’s Madrid Masters, a match Begu won in three sets. Muguruza’s two victories came in 2015 and 2012. This will be the third time these two meet on clay court.
Muguruza is finally starting to show signs of being that top-five player in the world after she struggled in her last several tournaments. Begu is playing well, but she’s never been in a position like this and will likely struggle overall with Muguruza’s game.
I like Muguruza to get the victory and reach her first final of the season.