Garbiñe Muguruza saw how the pandemic ruined a season that had begun brilliantly for her. After years away from the best rounds of the Grand Slam, the Spanish stood in the Australian Open final, where only Sofia Kenin could snatch her third big.
It was a very positive stimulus for a player who comes and goes and whose tennis depends largely on what goes through her head. That’s why it hurts so much that all the work done in Melbourne, where he beat, among others, Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep, stopped short and returned five months later with the Muguruza of yesteryear.
Defeat in the second round of the US Open against a tennis player who had been retired for three years, surprising semifinals in Rome that excited again and reality clash at Roland Garros, his fiefdom, in which he could barely win two games and from which he left a bundle of nerves and insecurities.
Located in the position 15 Thanks to the Australian final, Muguruza will still have opportunities to fly back in 2021, a dream that the pandemic stole from him in 2020.
Special mention also deserves Carla Suarez, who in the season of her retirement was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last September. The Gran Canaria, who has been very active since the announcement and has now calmly returned to training, continues with her chemotherapy treatment. If all goes well, Carla will be able to say goodbye in 2021 on the track, as she would have liked to do this year.