Iga Świątek Only in the second set did he have a short crunch, but he advanced to the third round of the tournament in Dubai, defeating Misaki Doi (77th WTA) 6-2, 6: 4. His rival was known as Muguruza or Amanda Anisimova (WTA 32).
Muguruza’s confident victory against the Americans
The Spaniard started the fight badly as he had to defend four break points with his first pass. However, he successfully defended himself, and in the fifth game he received service from the Americans. A few minutes later, Muguruza was able to increase his score, but wasted three break points. In the tenth game, he did not use two sets of balls, but eventually won 6: 4.
In the second set, Spinard, ranked 16th in the WTA, lost his first and only service of the tournament. However, he broke Anisimova three times and won 6: 2.
Muguruza had his biggest hit of 2016-2017. First, he beat Roland Garros, who won at Wimbledon a year later. As a result, in September 2017, it was at the top of the WTA rankings, a year later – for the third time. Since then, there has been a breakdown in her mood. 2018 finished 18th and 2019 finished 36th. Since winning Wimbledon in nine consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, it has only advanced to the semifinals at the 2018 French Open once. Not only that, but he was knocked out in the first round at Wimbledon and the US Open two years ago. Muguruza is nothing like a player who has won two Grand Slam tournaments.
Spinard returned just over a year ago. She advanced to the final of the Australian Open, where she lost in three sets to American Sophia Kenin 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 2. When he described such a good performance, it was thanks to climbing the highest peak in Africa, Kilimanjaro (5895 m above sea level). – Climbing Kilimanjaro was an experience that changed my life. It affected me not only as a tennis player, but as a man, ”he said when asked for inspiration to come to the finals in Melbourne. Climbing should be the catalyst for better change.
The return of the Spanish woman includes thanks to her coach Consita Martinez, who became her coach for the second time in 2020. He is an outstanding Spanish tennis player (he won Wimbledon 1994, the final of the Australian Open 1998 and the Roland Kross 2000). Their first collaboration brought the 26-year-old victory at Wimbledon.
Earlier this year, Muguruza advanced to the final of the tournament in Melbourne (Yarra Valley Classic), where he lost to world number one Australian Ashley Party 6: 7 (3: 7), 4: 6. Then he was close to achieving a great result at the Australian Open. In the 1/8 final, he had two match balls with tournament winner Naomi Osaka of Japan, but eventually lost in three sets of 6: 4, 4: 6, 5: 7 two hours later. He also showed high form in the next matches in Doha, where he was defeated only by Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the final.
Fit ± wi ± tek – Muguruza will take place on Wednesday 16. This will be their first fight of their lives.