Wednesday proved to be an odd day at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships – one filled with surprising upset that brought us an unlikely quarter-final match-up between fellow Spaniards and first time opponents Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro.
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Arguably the biggest upset of the day took place on Centre Court when 13th seed Carla Suarez Navarro upset two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to reach the final eight in Dubai. She defeated the No. 2 seed 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
“Carla plays different from the other girls – the backhand slice, she can play at the net, from the forehand she can put topspin,” Kvitova said. “She has a lot of variety in her game. She’s not the only one playing like this, but I lost twice already against her, so I hope next time will be better.”
Following up on her US Open victory last year against the Pole, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza ousted fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2 to secure her spot in the quarter-final stage of the tournament. The contest lasted 76 minutes and saw Garbine strike 4 aces, win 84% of her first service points, and converted five break point opportunities.
“I think nowadays there are so many girls that play so well that the difference between the top players and the other ones is really small,” Muguruza said afterwards. “If you work hard and play your best and concentrate on just playing your game, I think you will always have the chance to beat them.”
This marks the first time that these two competitors will meet on the WTA tour and will likely make for an entertaining match-up between two of the top Spaniards on the tour. The winner will find herself in the semi-final in Dubai, which will be an outstanding achievement.
Prediction: Garbine Muguruza in Three Sets