Aryna Sabalenka will take on Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the Qatar Open 2021. Sabalenka is currently the World no.8 on the WTA rankings and Garbine Muguruza is the World no.16.
- Tournament: Qatar Open 2021
- Match: Aryna Sabalenka vs Garbine Muguruza
- Date: 3nd March 2021
- Round: 2nd Round
- Venue: Doha, Qatar
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: 565,530 (USD)
Aryna Sabalenka vs Garbine Muguruza :Preview
Defending champion Sabalenka has been in outstanding form after lockdown. Post the French Open she won three back to back titles, the Ostrava Open, Linz Open, and the Abu Dhabi Open.
In the Australian Open she gave a good account of herself before going down to Serena Williams in the fourth round. A two time champion in Doha, and fresh off a first round bye, Sabalenka is ready to defend her trophy.
Her first round opponent is Garbine Muguruza. Muguruza is a two time Grand Slam champion, and not many people can boast of that.
Muguruza was a runners up here in Doha back in 2018. In the Australian Open 2021 she lost to Naomi Osaka, but she was the only player in the tournament to take a set off Osaka. Osaka won all her other matches in only two sets. Muguruza beat Veronika Kudermetova 6-2 7-6 in the first round.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Garbine Muguruza: Head-to-Head
The two players have met just once on the tour, in 2018 at Beijing. Sabalenka won that match in straight sets, 7-5 6-4. So the head to head is 1-0 to Sabalenka.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Garbine Muguruza: Prediction
Sabalenka is a player that has immense power on both flanks, and she is her best on hard courts. Her only slight weakness is her game at the nets and her unforced error count. Muguruza is capable of beating anyone on her day, but she is not in her best form. It promises to be a ferocious contest, but Sabalenka will edge it.
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in three sets.