The story of Garbiñe Muguruza at the Mutua Madrid Open does not take off. Her eighth participation in the tournament ended before the round of 16the highest round that the Spanish has managed to reach in the capital of Spain. Anhelina Kalinina, a rival she hardly knew, beat her down forcefully: 6-3 and 6-0 in 81 minutes.
The 25-year-old Ukrainian and 37th in the world is playing her fourth WTA 1,000 and has played 45 matches on the professional circuitbut she has already shown before Sloane Stephens that she is a good tennis player on clay, enough to beat a Muguruza who has paid for her voluntary inactivity. “Sometimes it’s good to skip one or two (tournaments) so you can go back to training and recover well. It’s not about following a schedule for no reason,” he said on Wednesday. If the objective is to reach Roland Garros strong, you can take your strategy for granted. If not…
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The truth is that this break has had, apparently, a physical toll, because Garbiñe had to ask for medical time-out, when he lost 3-0 in the second set, and He left the locker room with a bandage on his right calf. The first sleeve escaped him, because he was unable to convert any of the six break points he hadwhile Kalinina converted took advantage of the first one she had.
In the second set, after being attended to, she no longer ran to try to catch up with her opponent’s well-placed shots., an atypical player, with a long upper body and an unsponsored kit. The public did not find arguments to support more strongly the Spanish, who says goodbye to Madrid again with a fiasco. More can be expected from the reigning WTA Finals champion. Hopefully his greatness appears in Rome and Paris. Kalinina will face the British Emma Raducanu on Tuesday in the round of 16, who has recovered her roller version and passed over another Ukrainian, Marta Kostyuk: 6-2 and 6-1.
Results of the Mutua Madrid Open WTA