It will be what it has to be but, after the first two rounds of the tournament, there is a certainty: Garbiñe Muguruza it’s plugged into this Australian Open. So electric was, an unbeatable signal, that when he sealed his access to the third round (6-3 and 6-1 to Liudmila Samsonova) he went to the net still running, as if he had the need to continue doing meters and competing, especially winning. The Spanish is sweet, wanting to get rid of the thorn from last year, when Sofia Kenin snatched the title from her on the finish line. At the moment, he claims the revalidation with hunger and good tennis, having secured an appointment with the Kazakh Zarina Diyas (6-4, 3-6 and 6-3 to Bernarda Pera).
Muguruza continued along the same path he was coming from. That is, fast and good. Biting. He closed the pass in 1h 04m and reaffirmed himself with another notable intervention, without any blemish and with another amalgam of arguments that invite us to think positively on this tour of Australia. Feet on the ground and match by match, yes; She and her coach, Conchita Martínez, put a pause, although what has been seen so far promises and the horizon of the table hints at a voltaic clash in the second round with Naomi Osaka (6-2 and 6-3 to Caroline Garcia) that could mark a turning point these days in Melbourne. Compete and enjoy the Spanish, with determination and willingness to abbreviate, if possible. He did so with Samsonova.
In the absence of resources, the rival (130th in the WTA, 22 years old) was minimally supported in the duel with her service; A tool, incidentally, that helped him in the previous season to get rid of Paula Badosa, who had she had one more point of oxygen would surely have tipped the balance to the opposite side. In any case, little could do against Muguruza, energetic and sharp, hitting the ball hard from start to finish; ambitious in the exchanges and that he hit four of the seven break that was attempted. None conceded to his adversary, constantly forced to risk and who shot his number of errors up to 35, for only 14 on the other side.
The Spanish woman closed the door on her and at the beginning of the afternoon she certified another victory against a Russian player, a country that does well on the big stages; in fact, you have to rewind to 2014 (Roland Garros) to find the last one to beat it, then Maria Sharapova.
“What am I good at Russian? I did not know the data … I do not know, I suppose there are so many among the first 100 of the table, that it is normal that I usually play a game [ocho triunfos desde aquella jornada en París]…”, he pointed. “I am happy with how I played. Both today and in the first round [Margarita Gasparyan] I have played against aggressive rivals, so I have tried not to make many mistakes, “he continued, while predicting a physically tough cross against Diyas (27 years old and 83rd in the world), whom he defeated in the only precedent between the two, last year in Zhenzhen.
“You know that I don’t like to look at paintings or go further. I continue game by game, I go day by day… ”, he closed.
Australian Open: results (Wednesday 10th) Y order of play (Thursday 11).