Garbiñe Muguruza will face his debut in the tournament Dubai WTA 1000 two days after her defeat in the final of the WTA 250 in Doha against the Czech Petra Kvitova, 6-2 and 6-1. This Monday, not before four in the afternoon, seven local time, he has an appointment with the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, one of the tennis players who has passed the previous phase.
Muguruza is the only Spanish in the individual table, from which she has been withdrawn Paula Badosa, who closed the semifinals of Lyon (France) with a spectacular bandage on the calf of the left leg and moving with difficulties against the Danish Clara Tauson, her executioner by 7-5 and 6-1 and who at 18 has proclaimed herself tournament champion.
The absence of the Girona player joins that of the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, seventh seeded and victim of a back injury, the same one that prevented him from appearing in the Doha semifinal against Muguruza.
Garbiñe, 27 years old and 16th WTA, will face Begu, 30 years old and 73rd WTA for the fifth time. The caraqueña dominates the record 3-1. They have not been measured since 2016, when the victories were distributed: 2-6, 6-2 and 6-3 for the Hispanic on the hard court in Beijing and 5-7, 7-6 (4) and 6-3 for the tennis player from Bucharest on the clay of Madrid.
Previously, two victories for Muguruza: 6-3 and 6-2 in the 2015 Federation Cup, on a hard court, and 1-6, 6-3 and 7-5 on the clay of Bucharest 2012.
If he wins, Muguruza, ninth seeded, would cross in the second round against the best of the clash between the American Amanda Anisimova and the coata Ana Konjuh. On the horizon, round of 16 duel against the Polish Iga Swiatek, Roland Garros champion, possible reunion in the quarterfinals with one of her victims in Qatar, the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. The hypothetical semifinals would be against the No. 2 of the tournament, Czech Karolina Pliskova.
In the other part, above, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina starts as the first seed.
The Australian does not compete Ashleigh barty, the romanian Simona halep, the japanese Naomi osaka and the american Sofia kenin, the top-4 of the WTA Tour.