Ninth seeded Maria Sakkari made a fantastic comeback against world no.48 the American teenage sensation Coco Gauff, to book a place in the Third Round of the Abu Dhabi Cup. 0-3 down in the first set, Maria Sakkari came back to win the set 7-5 . In the end she won in straight sets 7-5 6-2. She had overcome Anastasia Potapova 6-4 6-2 in the first round. The Fifth seed Garbiñe Muguruza won both her matches in straight sets. In the first round she defeated doubles specialist Kristina Mladenovic 6-2 6-4. And in the second round she went past Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1 6-4.
- Date: 10th January, 2021
- Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Garbiñe Muguruza vs Maria Sakkari
- Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Category: WTA 500
- Round: Round of 16 (Third round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
- Prize money: $565,530
Match Preview: Garbiñe Muguruza vs Maria Sakkari
Garbiñe Muguruza is a player of real pedigree. She has two Grand Slam wins under her belt already, and was runners up at last year’s Australian Open. But, in the last couple of matches she has been seen struggling for rhythm. And was very inconsistent with her serving. The Middle East though has treated her well recently, and she made it to the Quarter Finals of both Doha and Dubai last season.
Maria Sakkari is one of those players who are very good against opponents outside the top 20, but against the real big players they fail to show up. But her form has been good recently. In Fact she made the round of 16 in the US open in 2020.
Head-to-Head : Garbiñe Muguruza vs Maria Sakkari
They haven’t actually met on the WTA tour so far. So the record thus far is 0-0.
Match Prediction: Garbiñe Muguruza vs Maria Sakkari
Will be a close game, but Muguruza has too much pedigree not to win this.
Match Prediction: Muguruza will win in three sets.