Garbine Muguruza aims to continue her resurgent start to the season when she comes up against rising star Dayana Yastremska in the third round of Doha on Wednesday night.
?? Garbine Muguruza  vs ?? Dayana Yastremska Match Info
Date: Wednesday February 26
Tournament: WTA Doha R3
Court: Centre Court
Time: 8.30pm local time (5.30pm GMT)
Garbine Muguruza vs Dayana Yastremska Head-to-Head
Yastremska leads 2-1
2019 | Dubai R64 | Muguruza 4-6 6-3 6-3
2019 | Hua Hin QF | Yastremska 7-6(5) 6-1
2018 | Luxembourg R16 | Yastremska 6-2 6-3
Garbine Muguruza vs Dayana Yastremska Match Preview
Muguruza looks to equal her head-to-head with Yastremska and reach the Qatar Total Open quarter-finals on Wednesday night.
It’s been a tremendous start to the season for Muguruza as she attempts to carve out a path back into the top 10 and beyond following a challenging last couple of seasons on tour.
After withdrawing with illness from Hobart and losing the first set of her opening round 0-6 at the Australian Open to Shelby Rogers, there wasn’t any signs that Muguruza was about to recapture her best and most explosive tennis in Melbourne, but that’s exactly what happened as she put together an incredible run to her first hardcourt Grand Slam final, conquering top 10 players Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens and Simona Halep in straight sets before narrowly losing out to Sofia Kenin in the title match.
Muguruza returned to action in Dubai last week and was immediately confronted with another pressure match, this time against a returning Kim Clijsters. The Spaniard did well to hold off a second set fightback from Clijsters to prevail in straights and then beat Veronika Kudermetova in three sets before falling to the in-form Jennifer Brady in the quarter-finals in another three-setter.
The former World No. 1 has moved on to Doha this week and survived a topsy-turvy opening round against former top 10 player Daria Kasatkina, recovering after failing to serve out the match at 5-2 in the second to emerge triumphant by a 7-5 5-7 6-3 scoreline. Muguruza produced a much more polished performance in her second round on Tuesday, breezing past Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1 6-2 to repeat her Australian Open victory over the Aussie.
A runner-up in Doha two years ago to Petra Kvitova, can Muguruza return to the final this week? She has a very tough third round showdown on Wednesday night.
Yastremska is yet to drop a set in reaching the Round of 16, taking out Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-4 before registering her biggest win of the season, knocking out Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin by a 6-3 7-6(4) scoreline.
The Ukrainian burst onto the scene in 2018 as she became the first player born in the 2000s to break into the top 100, and she’s since enjoyed a rapid rise to be on the cusp of the top 20. Yastremska would go on to capture her maiden WTA title in Hong Kong towards the end of 2018 and despite some injury troubles at the start of 2019, took her game to the next level, posting six top 20 wins and winning two more titles in Hua Hin and Strasbourg. The 19-year-old played her first full season of Grand Slam tennis, reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon and the third rounds of the Australian and U.S. Opens, while she lost in the first round of Roland Garros.
Yastremska registered the best win of her career as she defeated No. 2 Karolina Pliskova in Wuhan, and also qualified for the WTA Elite Trophy, finishing the year at a career-high No. 22. The teenager had a solid star to 2020 as she beat the likes of Donna Vekic and Aryna Sabalenka to make the Adelaide final, losing to World No. 1 Ash Barty, but she couldn’t translate that into a deep run at the Australian Open, falling in the second round to the retiring Caroline Wozniacki. However, Yastremska is finding her best tennis again in Doha and will be confident following her big win over Kenin.
Garbine Muguruza vs Dayana Yastremska Prediction
This is an extremely tough match to call. Muguruza is back to the level that saw her win two major titles, but she’s also still finding herself in a lot of battles recently, while Yastremska is still an erratic talent. The Ukrainian leads their head-to-head, but that was when Muguruza was struggling considerably. I’m thinking this match goes the distance, with a confident Muguruza holding the slight edge.