Improving Konjuh to test Wimbledon queen Muguruza
Wimbledon champion is no certainty in Stanford
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Wimbledon heroine Garbine Muguruza had little trouble seeing off the inexperienced Kayla Day in her WTA Bank of the West Classic opener but the powerful Spaniard should expect a sterner test from Ana Konjuh in her quarter-final encounter.
Muguruza’s return to action following her Wimbledon triumph couldn’t have been much easier as the occasion seemed to get to 17-year-old Day, who had the added pressure of playing in front of her home crowd.
However, Konjuh – despite still being a teenager herself – has plenty of experience on the WTA tour and should make Muguruza work hard.
The Croatian has shot up the world rankings – she’s at a career-high of 20th – and she tends to save her best performances for the hard courts of America.
Konjuh reached the quarter-finals at last year’s US Open and she is worth backing with a 4.5-game start, given that Muguruza can often be vulnerable in less prestigious events.
A Konjuh +4.5 games
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