Aryna SABALENKA vs Garbine MUGURUZA | WTA Dubai Championships 2021 Preview | Head-to-Head and Prediction

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Aryna SABALENKA vs Garbine MUGURUZA | WTA Dubai Championships 2021 Preview | Head-to-Head and Prediction

WE HAVE A REMATCH! A battle between two of the most in form players of 2021, Sabalenka vs Muguruza in the quarter finals of Dubai will be an explosive matchup with plenty of fire power coming from the racquets of both ladies. Sabalenka started 2021 with a title in Abu Dhabi and Muguruza is coming off her second WTA final in 2021 last week in Doha, beating Sabalenka along the way.

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HEAD TO HEAD

  • H2H is split 1-1 (Both hardcourt matches)
  • Muguruza won their last match (Doha 2021)
  • Sabalenka started 2021 with a title in Abu Dhabi 
  • Muguruza is 16/4 win loss in 2021 (2 Finals)
  • Sabalenka is 11/3 win loss in 2021 (1 Title)
  • Muguruza has won 5 hardcourt titles
  • Sabalenka has won 8 hardcourt titles

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MUGURUZA - KEYS TO THE MATCH

Muguruza has arguable been the best player of 2021 having made 2 finals in 4 tournaments and has wins over Kenin, Swiatek and her quarter final opponent Sabalenka so far this year. She blew away Roland Garros 2020 champion Iga Swiatek in her 3rd round match (6-0 6-4) and converted 5/7 break point chance while winning 74% 1st serve and 60% 2nd serve points on her serve. She will need to keep that aggression against Sabalenka as she did in their match last week and play a similar style to get back to back wins over the world number 8.

Round 1 | def. Begu 6-3 7-5
Round 2 | def. Anisimova 6-4 6-2
Round 3 | def. Swiatek 6-0 6-4

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SABALENKA - KEYS TO THE MATCH

Sabalenka has put a disappointing early exit last week in Doha (lost to Muguruza) behind her as she looks to regain her great start to 2021. She will benefit from the loss against Muguruza last week and will need to make the changes that cost her the match in Doha in order to overcome the Spaniard. Aryna served well in her 3R matchup with 6 aces and 2 double faults and only faced the 1 break point and will need to serve up a similar performance if she is to turn the tables on Garbine this week.

Round 1 | BYE
Round 2 | def. Cornet 6-2 6-4
Round 3 | def. Kontaveit 6-3 6-2

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Prediction = SABALENKA in 3 sets

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