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Muguruza vs Yastremska WTA Hua Hin Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Muguruza faces rising star, Yastremska in Hua Hin quarters

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 31 Jan 2019
  • Garbine Muguruza vs Dayana Yastremska is live from Hua Hin on Friday, 1 February from 6:00pm local time/ 11:00am GMT
  • Yastremska won their only previous meeting in Hong Kong last season
Garbine Muguruza. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Former world No. 1, Garbine Muguruza contests her first quarter final of the season on Friday when she takes on rising star, Dayana Yastremska at the Thailand Open in Hua Hin.

Muguruza's start to the season has once again been disrupted by injuries and health concerns- a recurring theme in the last three years. The former world No. 1 ended a disappointing Hopman Cup campaign by pulling out of Spain's mixed doubles rubber against France due to a thigh injury, but she recovered in time to take her place in the Sydney draw, where she beat Carla Suarez Navarro in her opening match, only to withdraw from her Round of 16 meeting with Kiki Bertens due to illness.

The Spaniard finally strung together consecutive wins at the Australian Open, defeating Saisai Zheng, Johanna Konta and Timea Bacsinszky, but her tournament was terminated in the fourth round, where she was spared only four games in a crushing loss to Karolina Pliskova. 

Muguruza has shown decent form in St. Petersburg, beating a couple of Germans, Sabine Lisicki and Mona Barthel to advance to her first quarter final of the year. The world No. 15 was largely untroubled against Lisicki, saving two break points, both in the opening game of the match, before powering to a 6-3 6-4 victory, but she encountered more adversity against Barthel, battling back from 0-4 down in the second set to record a 6-3 7-5 victory.

After an early exchange of breaks, Muguruza took control of the first set with two more breaks, helped out by Barthel who donated three double faults in the ninth game to give up the set. The German came out firing in the second set, and swiftly opened up a 4-0 lead, but following a chat with her coach, Sam Sumyk, Muguruza began the fight back. Barthel was again the architect of her problems, as she sent down ill-timed double faults to give up the two breaks. Muguruza won seven of the last eight games to take the win, and her spot in the quarter finals.

"I was expecting that she’s going to make great shots and great serves, so I didn’t get frustrated," Muguruza said, during her on-court post-match interview. "I just continued playing -- I know that if I continue, I’m going to have my chance. That’s pretty much what I did."

Next up for Muguruza is a meeting with the rising Ukrainian, Dayana Yastremska, who defeated the Spaniard in their only previous meeting in Luxembourg last year.

Dayana Yastremska. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
After her sensational finish to 2018, when she stormed to her first tour-level title in Hong Kong, and backed it up with a semi-final in Luxembourg, Yastremska has continued her rapid rise this season, reaching the quarter finals in Hobart, and the third round at the Australian Open, where she defeated Sam Stosur and Carla Suarez Navarro to record her first Grand Slam main draw victories before falling to Serena Williams in the third round.

Yastremska, who was ranked outside the top 150 around the same period last year, broke into the top 50 after the Australian Open, and is playing her first tournament as a seeded player in Hua Hin this week.

The 18-year-old has dropped just eight games in her two matches this week, dispatching Arantxa Rus 6-0 6-3 in the first round, before taking down Shuai Peng 6-1 6-4 to reach her fourth quarter final in five tournaments.

It's been another eye-catching display of no-holds-barred first-strike tennis from the Ukrainian, who blasted 28 winners and 26 unforced errors in her second round victory over Peng. A dominant Yastremska ran through the first five games en route taking the first set, but Peng made more of a fight of it in the second, sticking with the Ukrainian through the first eight games of the second set. Yastremska stepped up the pressure in the ninth game, and she forced the breakthrough on her fifth break point of the game. She subsequently served out the match without any problems.

“It was a good match," said the youngster. "At the beginning I felt very comfortable in the court and I was hitting everything very well. In the second set I felt a little bit weak... and I was just trying to keep my emotions under control and be really focused."

Like I mentioned earlier, Yastremska took out Muguruza Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-3 in their only previous meeting in Luxembourg last season, and there's no reason to suggest that she can't do a repeat. The world No. 47 is more mature, more experienced, and has got even more belief. She will again be fearless and aggressive, and if she can keep the errors down, she's got a good chance of scoring consecutive wins over the two-time Grand Slam champion on Friday.

Garbine Muguruza vs Dayana Yastremska is live from Hua Hin on Friday, 1 February from 6:00pm local time/ 11:00am GMT

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