Garbiñe Muguruza she experienced a true thriller in her quarter-final match against the French Alize Cornet, a much lower rival in the WTA ranking (63rd, by 13th for the Spanish). In three demanding rounds, of a duel (4-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (5)) who left at 2:40 a.m., Cornet got the ticket to the semifinals of the WTA 500 in Berlin, round in which she will be measured with Belinda Bencic. Muguruza, meanwhile, will have his next stop at Wimbledon (from the 28th). In Berlin, the feelings of Conchita Martínez’s pupil were good, but she did not know how to close the game against a Cornet that went from less to more, and that he was physically strong.
The French started the game losing the serve, and quickly recovered it. The duel remained even until the fifth game, at which point Muguruza took the lead and was able to close the sleeve, standing out especially in his success with the second serves. In the second set, Cornet only had one break ball, and he took advantage of it. It was enough to win the set and even the match., but the physical problems began to appear in Muguruza. First they treated her for some ankle discomfort, a priori without major consequences, but after the second set he requested medical time and went to the locker room, with visible muscle problems.
First semifinal of his career on grass 🌱
– WTA Spanish (@WTA_Espanol) June 18, 2021
Cornet was still on the track, stretching so as not to stay cold, until the Spanish came back to the track. Like the rest of the game, the final round was also very close, with both players confirming their service play without major problems.. It was at a decisive moment in which Muguruza had a break ball (with 5-4) and … match. Cornet saved it, and the equality was maintained, reason why the decisive tie-break arrived. The Spanish started it badly, getting to be 4-0 after failing with the backhand and the right, and with Cornet she placed 6-1: five match balls. Muguruza saved the first, the second, the third, the fourth … and in the fifth, at the service, he made a drop that did not pass. He stayed on the shore after a lot of rowing. Now, to try to get to Wimbledon in the best possible physical condition.
“I leave with the feeling of having given everything”
The Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza declared, after being eliminated by the French Alizé Cornet in the quarterfinals of the Berlin tournament despite having a match point that, although it is complicated “have a good feeling on grass”, she left satisfied with her game and with the feeling of “having given everything”.
“I leave with the feeling of having given everything. The result weighs in the end but you give everything to win. I have had my chance, I have had a match ball, but she has played very well, “said Muguruza.. In addition, the Spanish tennis player praised the performance of the French tennis player: “I was surprised by her level on grass, we had never played on this surface. She has been very solid, I have played well at times and others not.
“She is a player who lets me play and, well, maybe I should have been smarter because I made too many mistakes.”. In reference to the grass surface, the 2017 Wimbledon winner acknowledged that “Having a good feeling on this surface is always difficult.” However, he considered that his presence at the Berlin tournament “It has been a good preparation for Wimbledon”, which will begin on June 28.