Spanish tennis superstar, Garbine Muguruza has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Monterrey Open in Mexico. Garbine Muguruza will now face Kristina Mladenovic from France. Kristina Mladenovic is the number 7 seed while Garbine Muguruza is the number 2 seed so this should be an exceptional match.
Kristina Mladenovic had a dominant win in the previous round as she beat Greta Arn in straight sets. During the win, Mladenovic served exceptionally well as she hit 6 aces and won 69% of her service points. Kristina Mladenovic won all of her service games and broke her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions to set up a dominant win. This match will be a tougher challenge for Kristina Mladenovic since her opponent is much more accomplished.
On the other side of the coin, Garbine Muguruza won her previous match in 3 sets. It was a solid display by Muguruza although she lost the second set to a tiebreak which resulted in another set being played. During the win, Muguruza won 80% of her service games and 43% of her return games which shows that the Spaniard is playing well. Muguruza is the reigning champion at the WTA Monterrey Open which should give her confidence.
Kristina Mladenovic and Garbine Muguruza have played twice in the past with Kristina Mladenovic winning on both occasions. The most recent match between these two players was 2017 at the Fed Cup where Kristina Mladenovic won in 3 sets.
Looking at this match, I am going to pick Garbine Muguruza to win. Kristina Mladenovic played well in her previous match and has a good record against Muguruza but she hasn’t been at her best this season as this is her first quarterfinal appearance of 2019. Muguruza has been in decent touch this season and with her experience of winning this title last season, I see her making it into the semifinals.