🐪 Dubai DFTC – R2 Prediction
🇪🇸 (12) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇨🇳 Saisai Zheng
Garbine Muguruza enters her second round clash with Saisai Zheng in Dubai as a very strong favourite. The Spaniard easily defeated Zheng in their only previous match at the Australian Open last month and is clearly the better credentialed player. However, Zheng is a tough competitor as she showed in a gutsy opening round win over Ajla Tomljanovic and will fancy her chances of an upset.
I’m going to give Muguruza the benefit of the doubt here but I think this match will be much closer than the odds suggest. Zheng played some very solid tennis in her upset opening round win over Tomljanovic whilst Muguruza made a heap of unforced errors in a messy opening round win over Dayana Yastremska. Muguruza’s firepower should eventually see her get over the line but I think it will be a struggle if she doesn’t dramatically up her consistency.