World number 13 Johanna Konta will be up against the 17th-ranked Garbine Muguruza in the third round of the 2020 WTA Italian Open. The match will be played on Friday, September 18 and is expected to start at 3 pm local time (2 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Garbine Muguruza v Johanna Konta match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Garbine Muguruza v Johanna Konta Head to Head
There have been four previous matches between Muguruza and Konta and both have won two apiece. Their rivalry started off at the Luxembourg Open way back in 2012 when Muguruza won the qualifier, before the 2015 WTA Eastbourne round of 16 match which was won by Konta.
Konta then made it 2-1 at the 2015 US Open while in their most recent outing at the 2019 Australian Open, Muguruza needed three sets to get past her Brit opponent.
Muguruza Sees off Teenage Talent Gauff
It was never going to be an easy match but Muguruza will be glad she came through in three sets against American teenager Cori Gauff in the second round.
Muguruza clinched the first set tie-breaker and then when she lost the second and was a break down in the third, things looked to have slipped out of her hands. Aided by Gauff’s three double-faults in the same game, however, Muguruza fought back to level things and then more of the same from the American allowed the Spaniard to clinch the match in three sets.
The former world number one had come into the tournament having played in only the US Open after the pandemic break and lost in the second round there. Leaving that early defeat behind her though, Muguruza then crushed Sloane Stephens in the first round here in Rome.
Muguruza, a two-time semifinalist at the Italian Open, will now take on Britain’s Konta and looked to get past her third round exit here last season.
Konta Blitzes Past Begu
It was bit of a surprise to have Begu start off as a favourite and with Konta at 10/11 to win the match, we thought those odds didn’t do justice to what was on show. As it turned out, Konta didn’t just win the match, she absolutely ran off with it, bagelling her opponent in the first and resisting any attempt of a fightback in the second.
This win came on the back of a first round bye and a bit of confidence from the semifinal at the Cincinnati Open.
That said, however, Konta played like she remembered her time on clay from 2019, which was her best season on the surface, day light separating it from the next best.
A final at the Rabat Open, before wins over Alison Riske, Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams, Marketa Vondrousova and Kiki Bertens helped her reach another final and that came in Rome. There she lost to the defending champion Karolina Pliskova.
And with a semifinal under her belt at the French Open in 2019 to go with all that previous showing, Konta looked to have cracked the clay court puzzle. Can she crack the Muguruza one on this surface?
Muguruza v Konta Prediction & Tip
A stuff battle this with not much to choose between the two. Traditionally we would have picked Muguruza as the winner but Konta’s run on clay since 2019 is tough to ignore. Got the makings of a three-setter here.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)