The Castelln tennis player qualified for the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, while Garbie fell to Bianca Andreescu.
Amid persistent and suffocating humidity, Andreescu did not give up as he lost the first set to Muguruza and took the 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win at Hard Rock Stadium. “I think it was an even game. I had many opportunities in the second set to keep my head but I did not take advantage of them,” Muguruza lamented in the press video conference.
“The difference was physical. I lacked energy and spark against a very fast player. I resented yesterday’s match, “said the Spanish, who 24 hours before had fought almost three hours to beat the Russian Anna Kalinskaya.
After winning the second set, Andreescu stepped on the accelerator in the last heat, breaking the Spaniard’s serve in the first two opportunities. Regretting his mistakes in the eyes of his coach, Conchita Martnez, Muguruza launched a last attempt to extend the set with a breaking ball with 5-2 down.
Andreescu, however, salvaged the situation and took the game to a tiebreaker in which he finished the game with a service point followed by a cry of relief. “It was not easy. I told myself that I had to trust the process and be patient, and I think that is being demonstrated here in Miami,” said the Canadian, who aspires to return to the path of success of 2019, year in the one that conquered the US Open and the Indian Wells and Toronto tournaments.
On his side, Muguruza was satisfied with his performance at the start of 2021, in which he has won a score of games and broke a drought of almost two years without titles by lifting the WTA 1000 tournament in Dubai. The Spanish had jumped to the tennis elite with her triumphs at Roland Garros in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017. “It’s possibly my best start to the year. Today is tough but in five minutes I change my face and look at the gravel season, which is my favorite surface”said the tennis player, born 27 years ago in Caracas.
“I am playing the best tennis of my life”
Before Muguruza’s farewell came the celebration to see the surprising Sara Sorribes, number 58 in the WTA ranking, among the eight best in Miami. Sorribes beat the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, number 30 of the WTA, by 6-4, 0-6 and 6-1 in two exact hours of play in which she again exhibited her great moment of form and her physical resistance. “I’m super happy. I think I played maybe the best game of my life. I’m playing the best tennis of my life, for sure,” said the 24-year-old tennis player.
This season, the Spaniard leads the circuit in matches that have lasted two hours, including her first two games in Miami against Americans Bernarda Pera and Jennifer Brady. “I am amazed every day with the way I am playing against these types of players. I can only say: ‘wow’, celebrated Sorribes, who was able to overcome the loss of a second blank set.
“At that time I thought I was not doing so badly. But the level is very even and you don’t have to do too badly to be 6-0,” he stressed. Sorribes, who has never reached a third round of a Grand Slam, won her first WTA title this month at the Guadalajara tournament.
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