The mountaineer Muguruza does not reach the summit of the Australian Open
MELBOURNE Garbine Muguruza He fought to the top of the highest mountain in Africa during the offseason, but fell short during his last push to the top of the mountain. Australian Open on Saturday.
Instead, it was the 14th American seed Sofia Kenin , a stranger of rank in the scheme of things, who beat the two-time Grand Slam champion to raise the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy after a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory in the final.
Two and a half years after his second major title in 2017 Wimbledon In the championships, Muguruza seemed ready for a long-awaited third after leaving a deep depression in the form under the guidance of Conchita Martínez.
Having re-set after a life-changing climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tall Spaniard tore through the Melbourne draw, knocking out three top 10 seeds, including a rousing win over Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in the semifinals
Muguruza also caused the fire in the first set against Kenin, overwhelming the 21-year-old with brute force.
But everything fell apart when the 26-year-old's service disintegrated in the second.
He still had his chances at the beginning of the decisive set when he made Kenin go down 0-40 in the service with 2-2.
But the daughter of Russian immigrants launched a bombing of four winners and an ace to claim the next five points and maintain the service, leaving Muguruza baffled and exhausted after being thrown to the court.
Yes, it was a very important moment of the game, Muguruza told reporters.
I think he found very, very good shots during the game. Especially in the important moments, I think he came out with winners and hit the ball very well.
After Kenin's bright grip, Muguruza quickly dropped the service with a double foul and saw the game slip away.
The statistics sheet was an ugly reading for Muguruza, showing that he converted only two of the 12 break points, compared to Kenin's five of six, and accumulated eight double fouls, with three in the final game and the last one in the match point
Even so, she leaves Melbourne Park with proof that she still has a game that can alter the best, since she arrived without seeds and with low expectations.
I try to have a good perspective and not be too dramatic, he said.
Ok, you lost the game, it was important. But hey, I'm here. I gave myself the opportunity to be in a final.
However, he failed to declare himself back, saying he had never left the tour.
She said the media had been tough on her during her extended period in the Grand Slam desert after her run to the 2018 French Open semifinals, leaving her feeling a little tired from the coverage she received.
I don't read many things, but I really felt that people ... Today people will say very good things about me, and next week bad things if you lose.
I found myself less excited, less excited about how things work.