Friday 12 March 2021

WTA Dubai (12th March)



Muguruza leads the head to head 1-0 having won at the US Open back in 2016 in three sets. Both players had very tough matches yesterday coming through in three sets. Both were very similar in that they just waited for their opponent to drop their level a bit to then pounce and it happened when Mertens opponent Pegula was serving for the match and also happened when Muguruza’s opponent Sabalenka’s level just dropped mid way through the second set and Muguruza took advantage. Both players were playing good quality tennis and another tough match looks on the cards today. Statistics wise they are very similar with Muguruza 23-7 win loss records and Mertens 34-9 with hold of service games 75.3% compared to Mertens 74.1% and break of opponents Muguruza 44.2% compared to Mertens 45% over the last 12 months so everything points towards a tight match picking the winner is tough so the value call has to be overs as both players are mentally tough and wont be giving in at any point during the game.

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