Want to come back Garbiñe Muguruza. Removing the blindfold and seeing things more clearly, the reaction came, the decision to re-engage the train that happily took him to the golden space of tennis and, consequently, to recover the lost ground in the last two years . It will cost, and maybe even the desired station will not be reached, because in tennis two years are an eternity. There will be defeats. But the will exists and now Garbiñe is applied, which this Thursday, during the Spanish dawn, took another step forward in Melbourne, the first stage to gauge the effectiveness of that rudder.
At the moment, Muguruza is already in the third round and significant signs are perceived in his first two games. He dodged a first day of dogs, still convalescing from a viral process that diminished him during the week before the tournament, and on the second date he got rid of a sticky rival who did not make things easy for him. With local Ajla Tomljanovic down (6-3, 3-6 and 6-3, in 2h 21m), the next crossing will gain volume and require one or two steps forward against the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, fifth seed and executioner of the American Lauren Davis (6-2 and 7-6).
“I come with real expectations of saying: well, I have many games ahead and I’m not a seed [es la 32 del ranking], then they will all be very difficult, so I will go game by game. The first day was quite just [la fiebre le retiró de Hobart la semana previa al torneo]so it’s a challenge because you are not one hundred percent. I only think about recovering and going game by game. Let’s see how many I can earn … “, he said.
In any case, hopeful details are observed. Muguruza is no longer carried away and looks into the eyes of the problems that are happening on the track. She came back in the premiere and this time she knew how to stop the attempt of the Australian, incidentally, an excessively flat and too conservative player. Methodical and linear, Tomljanovic lacks what Garbiñe has to spare: deep right and a backhand cross difficult to find in another racket on the circuit. Definitive shots. He also had patience and good work, because this required a game with traps hidden in the cement.
“I must have patience, less anxiety”
However, Muguruza had control and mettle. Now the complaints are fair. No bad gestures or bad faces. More and better attitude, complicity with Conchita on the bench, as revealed by the smile they both exchanged as soon as they signed the victory; This, built on a good response in the first set, when Garbiñe countered the break from the start with two thrusts, and another show of faith and confidence in the third, when he did not let the Australian, who had countered the break of the fourth game.
Muguruza left happy, measured but satisfied. There is much, much work to do, but the vibrations are different. Last year he reached the eighth in Melbourne and in 2017 his ceiling in the tournament, the fourth; Now, the purpose is not so much as far as it can go but to get back into shape, to become a recognizable competitor again. Reconstruction takes time, from stone to stone, and the first two months of the new cycle with Conchita – “we are working on many things: tennis, not tennis …” – they are giving back good habits. Tennis, tennis, tennis. Garbiñe clenches his teeth again and clenches his fist, but not in anger. He wants to come back.
Suarez says goodbye to Melbourne
“Last year, at important moments things did not go for me and in this one I am trying to face them again with more calm. It is a new year and I am excited to play and find sensations again, have more patience, less anxiety of wanting everything now, right now. I am patient, because the moment will come ”, she resolved before the special envoys and before being left alone in the female team. In her last participation in the tournament, since she retired at the end of the course, Carla Suárez gave up against the Polish Iga Swiatek (6-3 and 7-5) and Sara Sorribes could not with Anett Kontaveit (6-1, 4-6 and 6-1).
In the men’s table, Fernando Verdasco (4-6, 7-6, 6-4 and 6-4 to Nikoloz Basilashvili) and Pablo Carreño (6-4, 6-1, 1-6 and 6-4 to Peter Gojowczyk) advanced. ), but Jaume Munar could not with Alexei Popyrin (6-2, 7-6 and 6-2) and the Valencian Pedro Martínez, who came from obtaining his first victory in a Grand Slam, the first also on the ATP circuit , said goodbye to Daniil Medvedev, who threw a serve from below. “It was not a lack of respect, it was just far behind and it is a resource,” he explained. “It is a pediment,” he later described to the Russian, who could collide with Rafael Nadal in hypothetical semi-finals. “From the bottom he doesn’t squeeze much, but he hardly fails. It is very large, it reaches all and has one of the best serves ”, settled.
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