Muguruza vs. Kvitova
|Date & Time||Sunday September 3, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza meet in the fourth round of the 2017 US Open.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a straight sets win over Caroline Garcia that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Kvitova won 76 percent of her first serve points and 70 percent of her second serve points. Kvitova has not dropped a set this tournament, and you can see her quickly gain confidence after missing much of the season with a hand injury. Kvitova has been broken just once in her last two matches and is coming off a performance in which she lost just 12 service points overall. Kvitova is dangerous when he power shots are working, which they have as of late. Kvitova hopes to make her first grand slam quarterfinal appearance since the 2015 US Open. Kvitova has won four of her last six matches on hard court.
Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Magdalena Rybarikova that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 64 percent of her first serve points and 67 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza has dropped a combined nine games in her first three matches and is coming off a match in which she won 66 percent of her return points. Muguruza has now won her last 11 sets played and has clearly found her comfort zone as she searches for her second grand slam title of the season. Consistency has been an issue for Muguruza, but when she’s playing like this, few can beat her. Muguruza hopes to make her seventh career grand slam quarterfinal. Muguruza has won eight straight matches on hard court.
These two have played three times and Kvitova has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Beijing Open, a match Kvitova won in straight sets. Muguruza’s only win over Kvitova came in the 2015 WTA Championships.
This could be a fun match with Kvitova slowly finding her rhythm and controlling the pace with those deep shots. And given the head to head numbers, she has a chance at a victory. However, betting against Muguruza in a grand slam when she’s playing like this isn’t a smart idea. We’re talking about somebody who isn’t dropping sets at the moment let alone matches. Muguruza is the best player in the tournament in her current form.
Muguruza wins in two competitive sets.