The Spanish tennis player played a first-round match with the Belgian Greetje Minnenová already on Tuesday, but the match was interrupted at the score of 6:4 for Minnenová due to darkness. In Wednesday’s playoff, Muguruza was not eligible.
Some latecomers from the ranks of the fans did not even catch the playoff on court number two, as the former Wimbledon champion managed to lose it in just eighteen minutes.
Those who managed to arrive did not understand what was happening to the native of Caracas, Venezuela. She had trouble hitting the court at all. She choked back tears during the game and had trouble breathing at all due to the rush of emotions. She played only seven fifteens in the set and it was over.
For the fourth time in the season, she did not get past her first opponent. This year, she was only successful at the tournament in Doha, where she reached the quarterfinals.
“Obviously I feel I’m not playing as well as last year. The dominance on the court that I had is not there now. And I’m losing matches that I should be winning,” lamented the 28-year-old player in an interview with the daily AS.
He sees the problem mainly in the psychological aspect. “Because otherwise I always work the same way in training. But I can’t handle the mental side of the game. I had been close to winning so many times before and I didn’t make it to the end, which took its toll on me. Emotionally, it’s very difficult for me right now,” she admitted.