The Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza defeated the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska, 6-2 and 6-4, and will challenge Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, world number one, in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open on Thursday.
With the same game improvement displayed against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic on Tuesday, Muguruza redeployed a tennis with few errors to get rid of Yastremska, 25 of the world, score his 16th victory this season and reach for the fifth time the quarterfinals of a tournament so far this year.
Now it will be measured with Barty, who without jumping to the track qualified for that round, after the withdrawal of the Kazakh Elena Rybakina, injured in an abductor.
The victory of the Spanish has double repercussions in her ranking, because for the moment she will occupy the 15th place, displacing the British Johanna Konta, and will put land in the middle with Rybakina that was stalking her, and she has the possibility to continue adding, if she wins this Thursday to Barty.
Muguruza has faced twice against the current world number one, which is celebrating its 32nd week in that position. He beat her in Toronto 2017, on a track similar to this one (6-0, 3-6 and 6-2), although before and in that same season, he gave in the grass of Birmingham (3-6, 6-4 and 6 -3).
Warm as Tuesday with a sweatshirt, although this time white, Muguruza remained regular, his tonic in this session, playing with patience and taking advantage of the rivals of his rival.
Two breaks, one in the fifth game and another in the seventh were enough for Garbiñe Muguruza to score the first set against Yastremska in 31 minutes, yielding a single break ball with his serve.
In the second he suffered a loss after having a 3-1 advantage and allowed the 3-3 draw. The game became a carousel of breakages, but Muguruza was right to steal his opponent’s serve in the ninth game, after seven minutes of fighting, to close then with his, when there were few minutes to midnight in Doha. .