Fri. Feb 21st, 2020

Muguruza advances with firm step to the semis

Garbiñe Muguruza continued today with his unstoppable march in the Australian Openwhere is it already in semifinals and tomorrow, Thursday, he will look for a place in the final. “Today I adapted to the circumstances. Sometimes you don’t feel well, but I fought, ”said Muguruza, 32 of the world rankings, who won 7-5 and 6-3 to the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 30 of the classification, on an afternoon of intense heat in Melbourne.

“The first set was very important and I am happy to have won it,” added the Spaniard, who will face Romanian Simona Halep for a place in the final. Halep, fourth in the world rankings, beat Latvian Annet Kontaveit 6-1 and 6-1 today

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Muguruza will face Halep for a place in the final

The key to the game was, in effect, in that first manga. An upside down, long, Pavlyuchenkova, unleashed the furious scream of Muguruza, almost a celebration nadaliano after 56 minutes of oscillations in full sun and, and today, very hot: the Russian lost three times the service in that quarter, against two of the Spanish.

Unlike the previous two games, in which it was seen with a loose and powerful game and great mobility, the first part of Muguruza today was more tortuous. His blows did not flow, but his mind, as a fighter, drove her to victory.

The tournament schedule determines that both women’s semifinals are played tomorrow. Contrary to what one might think, Muguruza does not need rest: “I am happy to play my first semifinal tomorrow, I do not need to wait two more days.”

Champion of Roland Garros and Wimbledon, in addition to world number one in 2017, Muguruza played a strange game today: in the stands was Conchita Martinez, her old-new coach. But there was also Sam Sumyk, Pavlyuchenkova’s coach today, but the man who led his career until the end of 2019. Muguruza’s victory today, well, was also a triumph against his past.

Pavlyuchenkova congratulates Muguruza for the victory

Pavlyuchenkova congratulates Muguruza for the victory
(Andy Wong / AP)

It’s the first time that Muguruza reaches the semifinals of Australian Open, and this week he already admitted that one of the goals of his career is to conquer at least once each of the big four. He already has two, and is only two games away from the third.

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