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Garbine Muguruza vs Monica Niculescu - 3/22/19 WTA Tour - Miami Open Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Spanish tennis superstar, Garbine Muguruza will be playing at the 2019 WTA Miami Masters. Muguruza will begin her campaign in the second round where she will play against Monica Niculescu from Romania.

Garbine Muguruza last played at the 2019 WTA Indian Wells Open where she made the quarterfinals. It was a good tournament for Muguruza as she beat the likes of Kiki Bertens and Serena Williams. Muguruza has a solid record at the Miami Masters as she has made it into the fourth round of the tournament 5 times in the last 7 years. Following her impressive campaign at the Indian Wells Open, Garbine Muguruza will enter this tournament with confidence.

On the other side of the coin, Monica Niculescu enters this match having won her opening round fixture in straight sets. Monica Niculescu impressed with her returning during the win as she won 60% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. Monica Niculescu entered this tournament via the qualifiers and ranking suggests that she will struggle against Garbine Muguruza as the Spaniard is much more accomplished.

Garbine Muguruza and Monica Niculescu have played once in the past in a match that Muguruza won. The match was played in 2016 at WTA Linz where Muguruza won in straight sets.

Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Garbine Muguruza to win this match. While Monica Niculescu had a big win in the opening round, the Romanian is a much weaker player when compared to Muguruza and her record at Miami is not the best as she has only won 7 matches at this venue in 10 appearances. Muguruza looks in very good form and she should be good enough to win this match and make it into the third round of the tournament.

Pick:
Garbine Muguruza

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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