Fixture: (5) Garbine Muguruza vs Alize Cornet
Date: 18 June 2021
Tournament: bett1open 2021
Venue: Berlin, Germany
Category: WTA 500
Prize money: $565,530
Match timing: Approx. 1 pm local time, 11 am GMT, 7 am EST
Live telecast: USA - NBC Sports / Tennis Channel
Garbine Muguruza vs Alize Cornet preview
Garbine Muguruza eased to a straight-sets win over Elena Rybakina on Thursday to book her spot in the quarterfinals of the 2021 bett1open. She will next face unseeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet on Friday.
Muguruza stepped out on court with a point to prove against Rybakina and easily held her own in the face of the Kazakh's onslaught. The Spaniard was able to hold raise her level o the big points to close out a 6-4, 6-3, win. Having gotten a foothold in the tournament, Muguruza will now be looking to make a deep run.
Cornet, meanwhile, has produced some of her best tennis in Berlin this week. The Frenchwoman opened her campaign with a comfortable win over Amanda Anisimova and followed it up with a gutsy performance against third seed Bianca Andreescu.
Cornet easily dealt with everything Andreescu threw at her and often outhit the young Canadian from the back of the court. The 7-6(2), 7-5 win would have filled her with plenty of confidence heading into her clash with Muguruza.
Garbine Muguruza vs Alize Cornet head-to-head
Garbine Muguruza leads Alize Cornet 2-1 in their current head-to-head, but the two haven't played each other in nearly four years.
Garbine Muguruza vs Alize Cornet prediction
Garbine Muguruza was in the midst of a purple patch when she was struck down by an injury ahead of Roland Garros. The Spaniard has, however, done well to rediscover her form.
Muguruza's serve and groundstrokes have fired all week and she will step out on Friday looking to dominate proceedings from the baseline.
Alize Cornet, on the other hand, doesn't possess too much power. Instead, she relies on pinpoint accuracy and quick movement around the court to win points.
However, she stepped out with a different strategy against Andreescu. She struck the ball cleanly from the back and took charge of rallies, especially when facing breakpoints. That's something she will need to do against Muguruza as well. A passive approach will only allow the Spaniard time to settle and take control of the match.
Prediction: Garbine Mugurza to win in two tight sets.