Spanish No. 1 Garbine Muguruza will face the Romanian Sorana Cirstea in the first round of the 2021 German Open on Tuesday, June 15. Get the live streaming options of this Garbine Muguruza v Sorana Cirstea match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Garbine Muguruza v Sorana Cirstea Head to Head
Muguruza holds an unassailable 3-0 lead over Cirstea. They last met in the 2018 WTA Doha where Muguruza won in a clinical fashion with 6-0, 6-4.
The two ladies have also met on the grass courts just once – in the 2017 Wimbledon. The Spaniard, as expected, won that game 6-2, 6-2.
Muguruza Looking to Find her Groove on Grass
Garbine Muguruza’s clay swing did not go according to the plan but that should hardly matter for the World No. 13. The two-time Wimbledon finalist is more than familiar with grass courts and can very well have a good run here in Berlin.
Looking at her season so far, the 27-year-old has had three final appearances, going the distance in one of them. She started off with a runner-up feat in the Yarra Valley Classic and Qatar Open and later won the WTA 1000 event in Dubai. In these tournaments, Muguruza beat big guns like Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, and Sofia Kenin.
Between these events, the number 6 seed also made it to the fourth round in the Australian Open and WTA Abu Dhabi.
In the clay tournaments, the best she could pull was a couple of third-round stints in the WTA Charleston and the Italian Open. However, in the French Open, she incurred a shock first-round defeat to Marta Kostyuk right in the opener.
Cirstea Hoping to Bank on Clay Momentum
The 31-year-old Cirstea arrived in Berlin on the back of a brilliant clay swing. In fact, she is sailing high on confidence having won her first singles title since the 2008 Tashkent Open.
This string of impressive results has propelled Cirstea back into the top 50 as she now looks for a similar run in grass tournaments.
To begin with, the Romanian won the title in WTA Istanbul and soon followed it with a runner-up feat in the Strasbourg Open, where she fell to the French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in the final. That tournament saw her dispatch the likes of Venus Williams and Bianca Andreescu en route to the final.
Then in the Paris Slam, Cirstea reached the fourth round where she lost to Tamara Zidansek.
In fact, Cirstea started her season with this kind of consistency. In the Grampians Trophy and the Australian Open, she reached the third round after respectively beating Belinda Bencic and Petra Kvitova. It has been a while since we saw this kind of play from the Romanian, making her one of the few dark horses here in Berlin.
Muguruza v Cirstea Prediction and Tip
Muguruza will start as the odds-on favourite but it may not be an easy win for her. Cirstea is looking confident, sharp, and determined. This will be an entertaining affair, one that can very well go to three sets.