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Muguruza vs Bogdan WTA Hong Kong live streaming, preview and tips - Struggling Muguruza hoping to generate some late-season form in Hong Kong

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 10 Oct 2018
  • Garbine Muguruza vs Ana Bogdan is live from Hong Kong around 7.00pm local time on Wednesday (12.00pm BST)
  • Muguruza won their only previous clash in Monterrey earlier this season
Garbine Muguruza (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza targets the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open quarter-finals on Wednesday night when she meets World No. 78 Ana Bogdan.

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Hoping to finish a disappointing 2018 season on a positive note, two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza eyes off a spot in the Hong Kong quarter-finals against Ana Bogdan of Romania on Wednesday night.

Indeed, Muguruza has endured a very poor season by her lofty standards. After capturing her maiden major crown at the 2016 French Open before claiming the Wimbledon silverware in 2017 and hitting No. 1 in the world, Muguruza was set to cement herself as one of the leading women on tour in 2018 and really establish herself inside the top five and remain there for the entire year. But that hasn’t come close to eventuating, with Muguruza registering an underwhelming 28-17 record for the season, with her lone highlights including winning her sixth career title in Monterrey, finishing runner-up in Doha and making the French Open semi-finals.

Those three aforementioned results would have been very solid if Muguruza was able to kick on for the second half of the season, but the Spaniard has only won back-to-back matches once since Roland Garros, losing in the second rounds of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, missing Canada through injury and going down in the opening round of her Cincinnati title defence to Lesia Tsurenko. Muguruza has been fighting and battling hard to recapture her best tennis, but it just isn’t happening for the 25-year-old at the moment, with her Asian swing so far consisting of second round losses in Tokyo and Beijing to Alison Riske and Aryna Sabalenka and a Round of 16 defeat in Wuhan to Katerina Siniakova.

Celebrating her 25th birthday at the start of the week, Muguruza - who is out of contention in the Porsche Race to Singapore - is playing in Hong Kong for the first time as she looks to end her season on a bright note by picking up her second title of 2018 - and she got off to a great start, beating compatriot Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3 6-1 in the opening round.

“I’m happy to be here for the first time here - I’ve been training a lot, I came early to Hong Kong,” Muguruza said after the win.
“It’s not easy to play a Spanish player, because I know her. But I’m happy that I’m in the second round and looking forward to my next opponent.”
Ana Bogdan (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
That next opponent comes in the form of Ana Bogdan. A former junior World No. 2 back in 2009, it’s taken a little longer than expected for Bogdan to establish herself as a top 100 mainstay on the WTA Tour, but the Romanian has been making steady progress over the last couple of seasons and arrives in Hong Kong this week at No. 78 in the world. Bogdan finished the 2017 season at No. 115 in the world after reaching the semi-finals of Bucharest and the second rounds of the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, while she also took two top 20 scalps throughout last season against Anastasija Sevastova and Elena Vesnina.


Bogdan kicked off her 2018 season in superb fashion, conquering 11th seed Kristina Mladenovic on her way to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open, while she went on tor each the semi-finals of Monterrey after a two-month injury lay-off - where she lost to eventual champion and upcoming Hong Kong rival Muguruza. The 25-year-old would advance to the semi-finals of Bogota the following week to hit a career-high ranking of No. 59, but Bogdan hasn’t been able to win back-to-back tour-level matches since and had lost her last four matches before winning her first round Hong Kong match in stunning fashion, coming back from 1-5 down in the third set and saving three match points to beat lucky loser Caroline Dolehide 6-7(2) 6-3 7-5.

As mentioned, Muguruza beat Bogdan in straight sets in their only previous meeting earlier this year in Monterrey when the Spaniard went on to win the title - and the fourth seed will be hoping the same thing happens this week in Hong Kong. It’s always tough to predict what will happen in Muguruza’s matches - on one hand, she’s almost unstoppable when she’s operating at her best, but she just hasn’t been able to hit that level this season. And on the other hand, she’s prone to defeat against almost anyone when she’s not playing well. But in her last tournament of 2018, I think Muguruza is determined to end the year on a positive note and generate some momentum going into 2019 - and a motivated Muguruza should be good enough to find a way past Bogdan on Wednesday night.


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Muguruza vs Bogdan WTA Hong Kong live streaming, preview and tips - Struggling Muguruza hoping to generate some late-season form in Hong Kong

Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza targets the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open quarter-finals on Wednesday night when she meets World No. 78 Ana Bogdan.

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