Spain’s world number nine Garbine Muguruza will be up against the 71st-ranked Ann Li in the second round of the 2021 Chicago Open on Tuesday, September 28. Get the live streaming options of this Garbine Muguruza v Ann Li match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Garbine Muguruza v Ann Li Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Muguruza and Li before this encounter.
Muguruza Coming off US Open Fourth Round Exit
Having finished her US Open Series campaign with a fourth round loss at US Open, Muguruza will hope to turn things around. After all, she hadn’t had the best of times more recently, after having begun the season with signs of her old sparkle.
In the first three months of the year, Muguruza made it to three WTA tournament finals but since the WTA Dubai title win, there has only been one WTA tournament in which she managed to win three matches in a row.
That was at US Open, where she then went down to Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets.
Muguruza did make it to the quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics as well, but the manner of her defeat at the hands of Elena Rybakina would have raised a few eyebrows – she went down very easily, crashing to a 7-5, 6-1 loss.
Can she get herself a neat finish to the season now?
Li Slams Vekic in Opener
21-year-old Li has had a decent season in 2021, one which saw her rise to 66th in the world thanks to her performances in Australia earlier this year.
Semifinals at the Grampians Trophy and Monterrey Open and a third round appearance at Australian Open would have given Li a lot of future hope. And that would have continued at Chicago in the lead-up to US Open where the American made it to the semifinal again.
In the week before this, Li was a quarterfinalist at Columbus Open but more vitally comes into this match against Muguruza on the back of a confidence-inducing performance against Donna Vekic.
Li, who was 1/1 odds to get past Vekic, smashed the Croat 6-3, 6-1 in double-quick time to set up this second round meeting. And with her opponent having not played in a while, Li could give herself a chance here.
Muguruza v Li Prediction and Tip
While Li is a rank outsider at 7/2 to win this, expect her to put up a solid fight and make it difficult for Muguruza. Expecting a Muguruza win but with a few games played.