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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Classy Kasatkina can ease past Arruabarrena

Muguruza looks short enough against Strycova

Daria Kasatkina hits a forehand
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BT Sport 1, from 5.30am Monday

WTA world number one Garbine Muguruza is the star name on show in the China Open but the Wimbledon champion may not have it all her own way against Barbora Strycova.

The Spaniard is a 1-3 chance to win the match but Strycova is a tricky opponent, as she demonstrated when beating Muguruza 6-1 6-0 on the Eastbourne grass in June. That humiliation was quickly forgotten at the All England Club but it could still be in the back of the 23-year-old's mind in Beijing.

Punters should consider taking 4-5 about Daria Kasatkina beating qualifier Lara Arruabarrena in straight sets.

The young Russian turned on the style to beat Simona Halep in Wuhan last week and she began with a comfortable dismissal of Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the Chinese capital on Saturday.

Arruabarrena shocked another Russian when she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in her first-round match but that was her first main-draw victory since the grass season and is likely to struggle to reproduce that form.

Recommendation
D Kasatkina to win 2-0
2pts 4-5 general


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