Garbine Muguruza continued to show her fine form after beating Aryna Sabalenka at the Qatar Open on Wednesday.
The Spaniard was taken to three sets for the first time this week to beat defending champion Sabalenka 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, getting the job done in two hours and 18 minutes.
Muguruza rallied to put aside her disappointing Australian Open loss to Naomi Osaka, in which she had match points in Melbourne, to make her second quarter-final appearance of the season.
Clearly feeling good about her level of tennis, Muguruza spoke after the match: “If I have an opponent that is playing great, I have to play better.
“We were pushing each other and in the end I could take a little but of advantage to close, finally in the third set”.
The finalist of three years ago will now play Maria Sakkari in the last eight tomorrow.
Sakkari has already beaten Muguruza this season in the first tournament of the year in Abu Dhabi. The two will meet for the second time.
With a similar court and playing conditions, the Greek will be looking to find the same form to knock out Muguruza once again.
“I’m looking forward to it”, says Muguruza after the match.
“Every match here is very difficult because there’s great players. This is a big tournament – every time I go out I’m expecting a battle”.
Aryna Sabalenka can take away positives from her showing too. Despite the loss, the Belarussian has also started the season well with a title in Abu Dhabi.
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