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Muguruza vs Yastremska WTA Luxembourg live streaming, preview and tips - Muguruza faces Hong Kong champion Yastremska in second round

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 17 Oct 2018
  • Garbine Muguruza vs Dayana Yastremska is live from Luxembourg around 6.00pm local time on Wednesday (5.00pm BST)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Garbine Muguruza (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH/AFP/Getty Images)

Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza continues her BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open campaign on Wednesday night against rising Hong Kong champion Dayana Yastremska.

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Second seed and wildcard Garbine Muguruza faces an early test in her quest for a second WTA title of 2018 when she squares off against teenage sensation and recently-crowned Hong Kong champion Dayana Yastremska on Wednesday in the second round.

Hoping to finish off her disappointing season on a positive note by taking home the Luxembourg title and also making an impact in Zhuhai, Muguruza - who is playing the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open for just the second time since 2012 - got her title quest off to a solid start, crushing past the challenge of Stefanie Voegele 6-4 6-4 on Tuesday. It was Muguruza’s first main draw win in Luxembourg after that aforementioned campaign as a teenager ended in an opening round defeat to Andrea Petkovic.

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 consisting of second round losses in Tokyo and Beijing to Alison Riske and Aryna Sabalenka respectively, a Round of 16 defeat in Wuhan to Katerina Siniakova and a semi-final elimination in Hong Kong to Wang Qiang.

In an ironic twist of fate, if Muguruza had won that match (she lost a tight three-setter 7-6(5) 4-6 5-7), she might have denied her Luxembourg rival a maiden WTA title.

Dayana Yastremska (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH/AFP/Getty Images)
Dayana Yastremska became the second youngest woman to win a WTA title this season after 17-year-old Olga Danilovic in Moscow, with the 18-year-old putting together a sensational week in Hong Kong as she conquered Fanny Stollar, Zheng Saisai, Kristina Kukova, Zhang Shuai and Wang Qiang without relinquishing a set to take home the silverware on Sunday evening. Hopping on a plane just a few hours after the trophy presentation, Yastremska was tasked with an extremely short turnaround as she played her opening round in Luxembourg on Tuesday night against veteran Varvara Lepchenko - and she somehow emerged triumphant in a marathon encounter, recovering from wasting six match points in the second set to prevail 6-2 6-7(10) 7-6(5) in three hours and six minutes, saving two match points herself at 5-6 down while serving in the decider.

It cannot be stated enough just how tough it is for a young player to back up a breakthrough WTA title by winning matches in her next event, let alone doing so under those aforementioned circumstances, so the fact Yastremska managed to overcome that situation against a seasoned veteran speaks volumes for both her talent and determination to compete and win.

The first player born in the 2000s to break into the top 100 when she did so in July this year, Yastremska was a Wimbledon junior runner-up in 2016 and ranked as high as No. 6 in the world as a junior that season, but she’s well and truly left that behind as she quickly establishes herself as one of the brightest young prospects in women’s tennis, with her Hong Kong title triumph launching her to a current ranking of No. 66 in the world. The Ukrainian has spent most of her 2018 dividing her title between the ITF circuit - where she won the $60k title in Rome and finished runner-up at the $100k in Ilkley and Cagnes-Sur-Mer and trying to qualify for WTA events - but with her surprise late-season success, she’ll be spending 2019 attempting to break into the top 50 and beyond.

Unsurprisingly, this will be the first meeting between the pair - and under these circumstances, you’ve got to favour Muguruza. I would have loved to see these two square off with Yastremska having enjoyed a bit of recovery time, but on the flip side, the 18-year-old has absolutely nothing to lose and can go for her shots, including her glorious down-the-line backhand. Muguruza is the one with all the expectation and pressure on her shoulders, but with Yastremska surely feeling some fatigue as she has to return to the court less than 24 hours after beating Lepchenko, it would be a big shock if the former World No. 1 lost this one.

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Muguruza vs Yastremska WTA Luxembourg live streaming, preview and tips - Muguruza faces Hong Kong champion Yastremska in second round

Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza continues her BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open campaign on Wednesday night against rising Hong Kong champion Dayana Yastremska.

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