Tip Garbiñe Muguruza - Petra Kvitová
Fourth seed Petra Kvitova takes on unseeded Garbine Muguruaz in the final of the Qatar Total Open. Kvitova is ranked tenth in the world, six places ahead of her opponent. It's not been a great start to the year for the Czech player. Kvitova only reached the last 64 of the Australian Open and in her two tournaments before this event, she lost to players ranked well below her. This week has been better for her though and she has only dropped one set in her three matches played this week. That was against Anett Kontaveit who had shown good form by beating Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady and Angelique Kerber. Kvitova made it through and then defeated Jessica Peluga for the loss of eight games.
She takes on Garbine Muguruza who had a day off on Friday. Her scheduled semi-final opponent Victoria Azarenka had to pull out due to a back injury. Muguruza is in her second final of the year. The Spaniard lost in the final of the Yarra Valley Classic in Australia, being beaten by the world number one Ashleigh Barty. Then she reached the last sixteen of the Australian Open losing to eventual winner Naomi Osaka but taking the first set off her. This week, Muguruza has beaten third seeded Aryna Sablenka in three sets and then Maria Sakkari in the last eight for the loss of only four games. The Spaniard beat Kvitova in their first meeting six years ago. That's her only win though with the Czech player winning the next four. They haven't met in three years though. Of their previous five meetings, three have gone to a final set. Go for over 21.5 games to be played in this match.
Key points Garbiñe Muguruza - Petra Kvitová
All but one of the previous five matches between these two players have had over 21.5 games played.
Muguruza has already had one match in this tournament with over 21.5 games and another with 21.
One of Kvitova's three matches have had over 21.5 games played.
Conclusion Garbiñe Muguruza - Petra Kvitová
Garbine Muguruza may be the slight favourite here in an evenly matched final. The Spaniard had Friday off after the withdrawal of Victoria Azarenka. Petra Kvitova didn't have such luck and beat Jessica Pegula in two closely fought sets. This looks a match that will be tightly fought and have over 21.5 games.
Garbiñe Muguruza Petra Kvitová Prediction published on March 5, 2021