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Garbie Muguruza: PhD in Guadalajara

Garbie Muguruza: PhD in Guadalajara

The Spanish-Venezuelan was the protagonist of the end of the season with her triumph in the WTA Finals. He won a title that was denied to the players of our country

Muguruza poses with the champion photo.AFP

The close antecedents did not invite to think about anything similar. Garbie muguruza I had lost sight of Karolina Pliskova in the first match of the group stage and their qualification for the semi-finals is hanging by a thread. The Czech won 4-6, 6-2 and 7-6 (6) after two hours and 26 minutes of fighting. Not even in a remarkable performance Garbie managed to get rid of a player who already has nine victories in the 11 crosses between the two.

Nor does the end of the regular season suggest good news. Although with the mitigation of being already classified for the WTA Finals, Muguruza fell in front of Anett kontaveit by a 6-1 double in the quarterfinals of the Moscow tournament. Time to time. The winner of two Grand Slam titles was ready to vindicate herself. He was going to consecutively defeat Krejcikova and Kontaveit herself to stand in the semifinals of the tournament that brought together the eight best of the course.

Winner of the Monterrey tournament in 2017 and 2018, she wanted to continue her particular love affair with Mexico, this time in a higher ranking tournament. Guadalajara took the place of the Chinese city of Shenzhen, where the competition that closes each season was scheduled to be played again. There were several sporting events that were moved from China due to the restrictions derived from the coronavirus. With the boycott of this country by the WTA after the case Peng shuai, the tennis player who denounced sexual abuse of a former high-ranking government official, it is far from clear that the WTA Finals will return to Shenzhen in 2022.

Muguruza. 28 years. Already with a long history in the circuit. The second oldest tennis player in the masters tournament. A woman determined to resist the onslaught of the new generations. The triumph of Emma raducanu, 18 years old, at the United States Open magnified the sign of the times.

Was there still a chance for an old combatant? For the woman who stood in the 2015 Wimbledon final against herself Serena Williams, then still under his almost indestructible aura? For whom will Roland Garros win a year later with the American as the final victim? For the champion at the All England Club in 2017, this time against the oldest of the Williams?

New stage

Tennis was running fast and despite playing the final of the Australian Open in 2020, Muguruza lacked stability in the Grand Slam tournaments. The break with Sam sumyk After losing in the first round of Wimbledon in 2019, it was the foreseeable outcome of a stormy professional relationship, one of whose last episodes was represented live and direct in the semifinals of the Zhuhai Elite Trophy, a tournament with which the 2018 course ended. , through an eloquent snub from the player towards her mentor.

The final arrival on his bench Conchita Martinez, who, as an interim, had guided Garbie to victory at Wimbledon, was slow to have the desired effect. The year that she is leaving saw the Geneva-based tennis player lift the title in Dubai and Chicago, in addition to playing the Yarra Valley Classic and Doha finals. All this before the new outbreak.

Because already in the semifinals of the WTA Finals Muguruza found the renewed face of Spanish tennis. Paula Badosa, 24 years old, brilliant champion in Indian Wells, bursts into Guadalajara, reward in the season of her takeoff. I weigh the responsibility of the moment to one of the sensations of the course, submitted by the office and the aggressiveness of his rival. Garbie, much more seasoned in substance dates, took the game without complications and entered her first final of the teachers’ tournament, after three participations.

At the last station Kontaveit was waiting again. It would be the third match between the two in just 25 days. Only one Spanish woman had set foot in the final of this tournament. It was Arantxa Snchez Vicario, surpassed by Steffi Graf in 1993. Garbie did not fail, coming out of some delicate trance in the second set. Now I am more contained. When you have gone through certain moments, everything is easier to carry, he commented the next morning in an interview with this newspaper after the celebration that corresponds to a young woman relaunched to third place in the ranking, three years after her fleeting passage through the number one.

Garbie is back. To be dangerous in 2022, he predicted Mats Wilander. She will mark her own roof, write in EL MUNDO Anabel Medina, captain of the Spanish team of the Billie Jean King Cup (formerly the Federacin Cup). Still without regaining strength in the majorsMuguruza, who earned 1.4 million euros in his visit to Guadalajara, suggests war for the upcoming season, which he has been preparing in Marbella since the second week of December. The year is presumed exciting.

Reference from elmundo