Iga Swiatek and Garbine Muguruza have at least one thing in common: both won their first Grand Slam title in Roland Garros, Muguruza added another one in Wimbledon. Swiatek hasn’t gotten that far yet. However, you shouldn’t bet against it. Because the Pole has shown with her performances in 2021 that she can now be expected more and more often. Not only with her tournament victory in Adelaide. However, the last women’s tournament in Australia was not nearly as well attended as the one in Dubai.
And that’s where Iga Swiatek and Garbine Muguruza meet in the round of 16 on Wednesday. For the first time. And in a tableau that is far better cast in the lower half than in the upper. After the departure of Petra Kvitova , Elina Svitolina , Madison Keys, Elena Rybakina and Marketa Vondrousova, only Belinda Bencic is still represented from the seeded players. While the winner of the match between Swiatek and Muguruza has to deal with Aryna Sabalenka .
Swiatek with a good record against top 20 opponents
Swiatek has overtaken Muguruza by one place in the WTA world rankings and is eighth in Dubai. The 19-year-old has won four of the last five matches against top 20 players like Muguruza. The only defeat was in the record.