China Open Final Preview – Garbine Muguruza v Timea Bacsinszky

Losing the first set of the semi-finals in Beijing seemed to work out very well for Timea Bacsinszky and Garbine Muguruza as they came back from a set down to beat Ana Ivanovic and Agnieszka Radwanska respectively all but ending Ana Ivanovic’ chance of making Singapore.

It’s been a very good couple of weeks for Muguruza. She made the final in Wuhan last week but sadly had to retire with injury however she has bounced back this week and qualified for Singapore on her birthday, got named WTA Rising Star of the Month and has made her second tournament final running but will she win her first title of 2015?

Muguruza’s comeback was impressive after injury last week but Bacsinszky comeback this week has been even more impressive and surprising. Since beating Monica Niculescu at Wimbledon in the fourth round Timea went on a five match losing streak and her season looked over with her being out of form and injured and this week she turns up in Beijing defeats Giorgi, Duque-Marino, Suarez Navarro, Errani and Ivanovic to get to her first WTA Premier Mandatory Final and will be a top 10 player next week and suddenly has gone from an outsider to a contender in qualifying for Singapore.

These two do have history. Garbine was the first player to beat Bacsinszky as she went on that five match losing streak at Wimbledon and the Spaniard did beat her at the Australian Open over three sets at the beginning of the year as well with Muguruza winning the final set 6-0.

Muguruza is the favourite. She is the form player right now and like Timea struggled after Wimbledon but she has turned her season around recently as well and if she wins the title in Beijing she will be the new world number four which would be a career high and just two points behind Maria Sharapova in the rankings.

Against Ana Ivanovic Timea was allowed to sit a couple of metres behind the baseline and dominate from this position. This was most because of the success that Timea had with the backhand down the line which caused problems and the amount of errors that Ivanovic produced helped Timea especially after the first set when Ivanovic just fell apart. She won’t get as many free points off Muguruza as she did against Ivanovic though.

To come from a set down against Aga is tough but Muguruza did it and something she did so well was she moved the ball about. Muguruza’s shot place was fantastic to watch, she hit both sides of the court well and is solid down the middle as we know it really was a top battling performance to get to the final.

I can’t see anything but a win for Garbine. I hope she recovers in time and what better way to finish your birthday week but with a WTA Premier Mandatory title?


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