In-form Spaniard Garbine Muguruza searches a second successive WTA 1000 title. She takes on Russian wildcard Anna Kalinskaya in the third round of the 2021 Miami Open on Saturday, March 27. Get the live streaming options of this Garbine Muguruza v Anna Kalinskaya match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Garbine Muguruza v Anna Kalinskaya Head to Head
No previous history between these two players. It will be their first meeting of any kind on tour.
Muguruza Romps Past Wang
A couple of years ago, Maria Sharapova had consoling words for Xinyu Wang in their match in Shenzhen. The Chinese player, 17 years old at the time, had played admirably well against the Russian for a set and half before she was forced to retire due to injury.
”If you play like that, you will be number one. I promise,” Sharapova postulated as Wang left the court in tears. There hasn’t been any drastic changes in Wang’s ranking ever since. But that is partly down to Wang’s inability to force her way into main draw matches to play the best players.
This week, the Miami Open’s capacity to generate both brutal and shocking results meant that Garbine Muguruza was vulnerable to an early fluster. But we seem to ignore the Spaniard’s recent consistency as a yardstick for a return to the world’s top 10.
Wang is being synonymous for putting extra effort and miles when playing the big names. But she had no answer to Muguruza’s relentless baseline intensity. Muguruza who is fresh off her first title in two years at the Dubai Championships, broke Wang early in the first set and set the tone for the rest of the match.
The Chinese woman stole a set from their last meeting in Shenzhen last year, but there were many holes in her game, eventually tallying to 20 unforced errors. Muguruza managed to wrap up a 6-4 6-1 win to extend her winning streak to seven matches.
Kalinskaya Downs 20th Seed Martic
With her interminable 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 win over 20th seed Petra Martic, this represents the best run at WTA 1000/Premier Mandatory tournament by Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya.
Kalinskaya who is playing in Miami for the first time only earned her spot into the main draw as a wildcard entrant. Perhaps it was a surprise to many, but after a productive week in Monterrey in which she made the last eight as a qualifier, she warranted one.
The 22-year-old back up a straight sets win over Begu with another fine win on Friday. Kalinskaya fought back from a set down, and a break deficit in the decider to pull off an upset win against the Croatian.
Tellingly, it was Kalinskaya’s ability to fend off scoreboard pressure from Martic that saw her cross the finish line. She saved seven out of 10 break points, and won 20 out 35 second serve points (in contrast, the Croat won 17 out of 41).
Muguruza v Kalinskaya Prediction and Tip
Kalinskaya hits solidly and deep off either wing. That means any short balls will likely return as winners. But Muguruza is not one with the luxury of gifting short balls. Its bang or bust for her on every point. While we should expect the Spaniard to roll, the Russian looks decent value to take at least a set here.
Tip: Kalinskaya to win a set: 5/2 (bet365)