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Muguruza vs Mladenovic WTA Monterrey live streaming, preview and tips - Muguruza must avoid third straight loss to Mladenovic to keep title defence alive

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 5 Apr 2019
  • Garbine Muguruza vs Kristina Mladenovic is live from Monterrey around 3.30pm local time on Friday (10.30pm BST)
  • Mladenovic has won both of their previous meetings
Garbine Muguruza (PA Images)

Garbine Muguruza continues her Abierto GNP Seguros title defence in Monterrey on Friday when she meets Kristina Mladenovic in the quarter-finals.

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Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza will have to snap a two-match losing streak to Kristina Mladenovic to keep her Abierto GNP Seguros title defence alive as the pair clash in the quarter-finals in Monterrey on Friday.

It’s now been 12 months since Muguruza last made a final on tour, with the Spaniard claiming her sixth career title last year in Monterrey. However, even that triumph wasn’t much to write home about, at least not for a two-time Grand Slam champion and a former No. 1, with the Muguruza facing just one player ranked above No. 89 in the rankings all week, and that was Timea Babos in the final. Muguruza hasn’t really faced a top-tier opponent this week either, coming back from 1-4 down in the first set of her 6-4 7-6(4) win over Elena-Gabriela Ruse, who is ranked outside the top 200, in the opening round and then overcoming Margarita Gasparyan 6-3 6-7(1) 6-2 in the second round on Thursday night in two hours and 39 minutes.

While Muguruza was never the most consistent player on tour, I don’t think many people were expecting her to fall off as much as she has over the last year or so. After her extraordinary runs to the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon titles, Muguruza has only been past the fourth round of a Grand Slam once in her next six tournaments, while she also failed to go beyond the Round of 16 at all four Premier Mandatory events last year, highlighting just how much of a non-factor she’s been at the biggest tournaments on tour.

Muguruza is very still much in a slump until she starts making an impact at the significant tournaments - and her start to 2019 hasn’t been encouraging, withdrawing from Brisbane, losing in the second round of Sydney, falling in the fourth round of the Australian Open, going down in the quarter-finals of Hua Hin, exiting in the third round of Dubai, the quarter-finals of Indian Wells (6-0 6-1 to Bianca Andreescu) and the opening round of Miami to Monica Niculescu. Down to No. 19 in the world, Muguruza will drop out of the top 20 if she fails to break a two-match losing run to her Monterrey quarter-final opponent on Friday.


Kristina Mladenovic is a player who knows all about ranking slides. The Frenchwoman made her top 10 debut during her career-best 2017 season, winning her first WTA title in St. Petersburg, finishing runner-up at the Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrid Open and Premier-level Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, making her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open and reaching the Indian Wells semi-finals, where she beat Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep along the way.

It looked as if Mladenovic was going to become a top 10 mainstay, but suddenly she couldn’t win a match, losing in the opening round of her last 12 tournaments of the 2017 season, while things didn’t really get any better in 2018, with a run back to the St. Petersburg final her only real eye-catching result. Although she continued to flourish in doubles, Mladenovic was quickly out of the world’s top 50, and she’s currently down at No. 65 after a 3-8 start to 2019 - although she did score a career-best win over World No. 1 Naomi Osaka in Dubai, but it must be said the Japanese was far from her best in that match. Mladenovic overcome Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia in a deciding set tiebreak in the opening round of Monterrey before easing past veteran lucky loser Greta Arn 6-0 6-2 to make her first quarter-final of the season.

As mentioned, Mladenovic has won both her previous matches against Muguruza, but each did come on clay (2015 in Rabat and 2017 at the French Open). This is a really tough match to predict. I’m tempted to back Mladenovic because of their head-to-head and Muguruza’s poor form, but the Frenchwoman is also far from her best and has been struggling for around the same time period as the Spaniard, but to a worse extent. Muguruza is the player under pressure, so perhaps that will free up Mladenovic to go for her shots and end the Spaniard’s seven-match winning streak in Monterrey?


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Muguruza vs Mladenovic WTA Monterrey live streaming, preview and tips - Muguruza must avoid third straight loss to Mladenovic to keep title defence alive

Garbine Muguruza continues her Abierto GNP Seguros title defence in Monterrey on Friday when she meets Kristina Mladenovic in the quarter-finals.

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