The first round of the 2019 WTA Sydney International will feature two former top 10 Spaniards – Carla Suarez Navarro and Garbine Muguruza go against each other.
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Suarez Navarro, who is currently the World No. 23, started her 2019 WTA season in Brisbane. It wasn’t an ideal start for the former World No. 6, who lost her opening match to the Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-0, 6-3. As for Muguruza, she will be starting her season in Sydney.
She ended her previous season by playing in the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, where she lost in the semifinal to Qiang Wang.
Muguruza v Suarez Navarro Head to Head
The Spaniards have crossed paths only twice on the WTA Tour so far. Both of those matches took place in 2015. They first met in the quarterfinal of WTA Dubai where Muguruza won in three sets. Later in the season, they met once again in the second round of WTA Doha where Navarro settled the score and made the tally 1-1.
Muguruza’s Struggles with Form in 2018
Muguruza started the 2018 season as the World No. 2. Her Australian Open Series was highly uneventful, seeing that she failed to move past the early rounds in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.
However, she did move on to have a decent run in Doha and Dubai, where she was a runner-up and a semifinalist respectively. She managed to carry that rhythm forward to Monterrey where she won the title after defeating Timea Babos in the final.
On clay, she had a remarkable run at the French Open where she was a semifinalist. It was after her stint in Paris that her form took a hit.
She struggled to move past the early rounds in big competitions like the Wimbledon and US Open. By that point, she was out of the top 10. Towards the end of the season, her best run came in Hong Kong where she reached the semifinal. Muguruza ultimately finished her season as the World No. 18.
Navarro’s Uneventful Spell
Navarro’s 2018 season was marked by a dearth of singles titles. However, she began the year as the World No. 40 and moved up in the rankings to conclude the season as the World No. 23.
Even though she didn’t win a singles title, she did reach the quarterfinal at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Madrid Open and US Open. She also was a runner-up at WTA New Haven where she lost in the final to Aryna Sabalenka.
Navarro v Muguruza – Who Will Win?
The two players are evenly matched for this encounter. This fixture can go either way although, Muguruza will start this one as the favorite.