Prior to Beijing, Bacsinszky was on a five match losing streak and hadn’t won a match since Wimbledon. Spin on a week and Bacsinszky has beaten Camila Giorgi, Mariana Duque-Marino, Carla Suárez Navarro, Sara Errani and Ana Ivanovic to reach her biggest final and a first in a Premier Mandatory event. The swings and roundabouts in tennis are just amazing! Bacsinszky defeated Ivanovic in the semi-finals, 5-7 6-4 6-1, racing through the decider with Ivanovic obviously hampered by a back injury that had affected her in previous matches. There were many ups and down in the first set with Ivanovic losing her early break, but playing some majestic tennis to firstly, dig out a *0-40 hold at 4-4 and then break for the set.
It was a typically emotional showing from Ivanovic who unleashed an ajde and idemo barrage when she held to 4-1. Every Ivanovic match is a real rollercoaster. Ivanovic lost her way in the second set and despite clawing back a few games after switching her focus to attacking Bacsinszky’s forehand, it was her own forehand that crumbled in the pivotal final game of the second set. Ivanovic then started to feel the back in the decider, calling the trainer mid-game (not a fan of this) before taking a full medical time-out on the next changeover. Ivanovic’s challenge crumbled and Bacsinszky eased through the final four games.
Muguruza is having a marvellous Asian Swing and I never expected her to reach the final here after retiring from last weekend’s Wuhan final. She’s had a few wobbly moments in her last two matches but has managed to come away with the win. In the quarter-finals, Muguruza nearly let slip a huge second set lead before finally seeing off Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-1 7-5. In the semi-finals, Muguruza looked tired and a bit sluggish, but still found a way to record a fourth win in 2015 over Agnieszka Radwanska, 4-6 6-3 6-4, overcoming a late fightback as she twice failed to serve out the match. It was a strange match and I just couldn’t get into it.
Muguruza leads the head-to-head with Bacsinszky, 2-0, with both wins coming this year at the Australian Open (6-3 4-6 6-0) and Wimbledon (7-5 6-3). After watching their match at Wimby, it became apparent that this is a pretty decent match-up for Garbiñe. If this goes three, i’d probably switch my favour to Bacsinszky based on the amount of tennis that Muguruza has played this week. Otherwise, I think this will be Muguruza’s. I like them both so cheering-wise, i’ll be neutral. Muguruza became a little passive at the end of her match with Radwanska and where she excelled against Bacsinzky at Wimbledon was coming forward and being mentally tough on the big points. This will be a big deal for both players with the winner scooping their biggest title to date; Bacsinszky has won three titles while Muguruza has won just ONE WTA title… all four were International tournaments.
Hope it’s a good one. Muguruza has sealed her place in Singapore but Bacsinszky can move up to number five in the race with the title.