As the second round of the WTA Beijing China open is about to start there is one quite interesting match up which has caught the vikings eye. Garbine muguruza who has shown an amazing shape beating highly ranked player after highly ranked player in the WTA Wuhan event where she reached the finals and unfortunately had to retire and thus lost to Venus Williams with 6-3, 3-0 following an ankle injury. This result earned her a “Bye” in the first round and she will take on the 78th ranked qualifier seed Irina Falconi who herself put on quite a performance in the first round where she beat the 37th ranked Daria Gavrilova with 7-5 2-6 6-4. However this game should be all about the currently ranked 5th Muguruza who could seal her spot in the WTA Singapore Finals with a good result over in Beijing.
Irina Falconi will be coming into this game with 4 victories and 1 defeat in her latest 5 games all on hard court surface. Her most notable victory was in the previous round versus Daria Gavrilova and her most notable defeat was versus Johanna Konta who denied her a spot in the WTA Wuhan event with 6-2, 6-1.
The 21-year-old Garbine Muguruza will be coming into this game with 4 victories and 1 defeat in her latest 5 games. All of Muguruzas victories were over notable opponents such as Kerber, Ivanovic and Schmiedlova. Garbine Muguruza is THE up and comer in the
2015-season of the WTA, rising from rank 20 to rank 5. Muguruza has been putting on impressive result after impressive result and her one defeat was versus Venus Williams in the Wuhan finals. Even though Muguruza had to retire from that match due to an injury she seems to have recovered well, posting positive tweets which makes you think that she has recharged her energy and will be coming into this tournament to seal the deal on her road to Singapore and possibly a top 3 placement in this years rankings.
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Garbine Muguruza and Irina Falconi has faced each one time before in 2015 over at indian wells, a match which ended 4-6 6-2 6-3 in favor of Muguruza. The viking believes that this will be a steamroll for Muguruza who should be able to take this in straight sets. However both players have been showing good shape even if Muguruza has been facing opponents at a completely different level, if Muguruza feels the injury she got in Wuhan this game might go into 3 sets or Muguruza might drop some games but still take it in two sets. This makes the viking feel that there is value to be had in the over 19.5 games pick (which realistically could easily be covered in 2 sets).
Irina Falconi – Garbine Muguruza 0-2 @ 1.65
The vikings picks for this game:
Irina Falconi – Garbine Muguruza, Garbine Muguruza @ 1.23
Over 19.5 games @ 1.87
First set winner, Garbine Muguruza @ 1.30
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