Timea Bacsinszky vs. Garbine Muguruza
|Date & Time||Friday January 18, 2019, 7:35 PM (EST)|
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Timea Bacsinszky and Garbine Muguruza meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.
Timea Bacsinszky is coming off a straight sets win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Bacsinszky won 82 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Bacsinszky won 71 percent of her total service points and saved five of her six break points. Bacsinszky has won all four sets this tournament and has produced a combined 24 unforced errors, a low enough number that gives her a fighting chance to have a rare deep grand slam run. Bacsinszky hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fifth time in her career. Bacsinszky has never made the fourth round of the Australian Open. Bacsinszky has won seven of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Garbine Muguruza is coming off a three sets win over Johanna Konta that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 72 percent of her first serve points and 66 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza won 70 percent of her total service points and had 41 winners to 19 unforced errors. If Muguruza can continue that ratio between winners and errors, she’ll have a legit chance to win her third grand slam title. It’s the sloppy and not focused Muguruza you have to be afraid of and the player who makes it tough to read most nights. If Muguruza can bottle her performance against Konta, she’s a serious contender for this Australian Open crown. Muguruza hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the sixth time in her last nine appearances. Muguruza has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played five times and Muguruza has won four of those matches. The most recent match was in Madrid of 2017, a match Bacsinszky won in straight sets. Each of the last four matches between Bacsinszky and Muguruza have been decided in straight sets.
It’s always tough to predict a Muguruza match, as you never know what player you’re going to get. Sometimes Muguruza steamrolls the competition and looks like the person who won Wimbledon a couple of years ago, and other nights she can’t get her serve in play and looks lost on the court. If the Muguruza who showed up against Konta and sprayed winners with ease shows up here, this will be a quick straight sets match.
I’ll bet on Muguruza building on her last performance.