For the first time in their careers Garbine Muguruza and Ana Ivanovic will meet on the tour. Both players have been very impressive so far this week in Wuhan but something will have to give as only one player can advance to the quarter finals to play either Kristina Mladenovic or Anna Karolina Schmiedlova who caused one of the upsets of the tournament defeating Caroline Wozniacki.
Muguruza has struggled since Wimbledon but this week has been very impressive. Her performance and dominance against Sloane Stephens was simply outstanding. Sloane did have a great week last week with another early exit but her performance against Muguruza was unexpected and only won three points in the entire second set against the Spaniard and only two of those were on the Sloane serve.
Ana Ivanovic has played very well this week. She’s had another inconsistent year on the tour and has another new coach but has gone back to an old coach in Nigel Sears who I don’t think is with her this week in Wuhan as he commentates for BT Sport. I’ve always felt like there could be more to Ana’s game. She is very talented but you never know which Ana Ivanovic will turn up either the one who puts on a show and wins comfortable or the one that struggles and throughout the year she just hasn’t got any momentum going at all and is down at 20 on the Road to Singapore and hasn’t won a title yet this year.
Confidence is key in this one. Muguruza plays a style which is more effective depending on how confident you are. If confidence is low then you may stop going for the big shots and the higher risk shots however with the way she has played so far and the performance against Sloane I do think she will just about edge it and win but I expect Ana to push her to three sets.