Aryna Sabalenka v Garbine Muguruza Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for WTA Doha 2021: In-Form Players Brace For a Close Contest

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Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka will begin her Qatar Open campaign against Garbine Muguruza in the Round of 16 on Wednesday, March 3, with the match likely to begin at around 11 am local time. Get the live streaming options of this Aryna Sabalenka v Garbine Muguruza match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Aryna Sabalenka v Garbine Muguruza Head to Head

Sabalenka won their only matchup in Beijing in 2018, defeating Muguruza in straight sets.

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Sabalenka Begins Title Defense

World No. 8 Aryna Sabalenka will begin her defense of the Qatar Open on Wednesday, in the Round of 16, after the third seed was given a first-round bye.

The 22-year-old Belarusian has been in red-hot form of late and comes into the tournament with a 9-2 record this year, which included a run to the title in the season opener in Abu Dhabi.

A nine-time winner on the tour, Sabalenka ended 2020 with back-to-back titles in Ostrava and Linz, beating Victoria Azarenka and Elise Mertens in the finals respectively.

Picking up from where she left last year, the aggressive right-hander kept the momentum going in Abu Dhabi, winning six matches in a row, including the final against Veronika Kudermetova.

Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi finally ended Sabalenka’s 15-match unbeaten run in the second round of the Gippsland Trophy.

At the Australian Open, Sabalenka looked like a real contender as she had little trouble in dispatching Viktoria Kuzmova, Daria Kasatkina and Ann Li in the first three rounds. But the Belarusian lost a tough three-setter to Serena Williams in the fourth round.

Last year at the Qatar Open, Sabalenka started with a three-set win over Anett Kontaveit in the second round, before overwhelming Maria Sakkari in the next. She had to rally from a set down to beat China’s Zheng Saisai in the quarterfinal before picking up relatively easy wins against Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinal and Petra Kvitova in the final to lift the WTA 250 title.

Muguruza Rolls Past Kudermetova

Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza began her Qatar Open campaign with a straight sets win over Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova on Monday.

The unseeded Spaniard, who was a runner-up in Doha in 2018, converted four of eight break point opportunities, while saving six of eight she faced to win the one hour and 46 minutes contest 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

The victory improved the two-time major winner to 10-3 this year.

The 27-year-old, who reached the Round of 16 in the season-opener in Abu Dhabi, looked in stunning form at the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne, where she stormed into the final, dropping just 10 games in the first four rounds. Ash Barty deprived her of an eighth career title, beating the Spaniard 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in the final.

At the Australian Open, the 2020 runner-up began with same dominance, easing into the Round of 16 without any difficulties but was stopped from advancing further by eventual champion Naomi Osaka, who saved two match points to score a come-from-behind victory.

Muguruza, who won the French Open in 2016 and the Wimbledon title in 2017, finished runner-up at the Qatar Open in 2018, falling to Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

Last year, the Spaniard had reached the quarterfinals in Doha before being beaten by Barty in another three-setter.

Sabalenka v Muguruza Prediction and Tip

This promises to be a cracking contest between two in-form players, and three sets look imminent.

Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)

The 2021 WTA Doha Open will be played from March 1 to 7. You can watch & bet on the these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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