Garbine Muguruza vs Paula Badosa
November 16, 2021 5:00 pm EDT
Garbine Muguruza of Spain will face her countrywoman Paula Badosa in the Semi-Finals of the 2021 WTA Finals event in Guadalajara, Mexico. The match will be played on Tuesday November 16th, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.
A very exciting “All-Spanish” Semi-Final is upon us here at the 2021 WTA Finals as Paula Badosa and Garbine Muguruza lock horns with the winner moving on to the Final in what is the final WTA event of the season. Both women have looked great here so far and have a strong chance of getting the win. Who will remain standing when this match is over and move on to the Final?
Garbine Muguruza is a highly experienced player on the WTA Tour, with the Spanish star being a former world number one and Grand Slam champion. She has not quite been at her best in 2021 but still have some strong results, and will be hoping to end this year with a huge bang and claiming the title. As the most experienced and decorated player left in the tournament she will be loving her chances of capturing the trophy, but will have to be at her best here against the in-form Paula Badosa. Muguruza was able to defeat fellow Semi-Finalist Anett Kontaveit in a “must-win” final Group Stage match, and if she is able to carry that momentum over to this match she is definitely in good shape. Her serve has been working well, and her penetrating groundstrokes are very effective on this quick surface.
Paula Badosa has had a stunning rise up the rankings over the past few seasons, stunning everyone by reaching the end of year event that is the WTA Finals. The Spaniard started this event with a huge bang, dominating Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka to book her spot in the Semis with a match to spare, but lost her final Group Stage match to Iga Swiatek. She is playing some very confident tennis, and will need to be at her absolute best to be able to compete with the veteran Muguruza. She is the underdog here, but given her form she should not be discounted.
This will be a very interesting match, with both playing displaying a very high level of tennis this week. However, it is very difficult to look past Garbine Muguruza for the win here. Experience is so crucial in big events such as this, and she has the huge advantage there. If she is able to keep her errors low, she should be able to squeeze her younger countrywoman in a very close and high-quality match. Muguruza will win here, moving on to the Final of the WTA Finals for the second time, and will be one win away from her first ever title at this event.