Heads and tails for the Spanish in the second round of the US Open
One of lime and one of sand for the Spanish favorites in the US Open women's draw. Garbiñe Muguruza, in one of the best matches in her memory, beat Linda Fruhvirtova (6-0, 6-4), but Paula Badosa was overcome by Croatian Petra Martic (6-7 (5), 6- 1 and 6-2) and the second round is still his cap in New York.
The Catalan, after a great first set that closed in the 'tie break' after saving four break balls along the way, completely deflated in the next two sets. The overwhelming Martic, number 54 in the ranking, overcame her with a 6-1 in the second set, but, although it was speculated that Badosa was saving strength for the final, this never happened. The number four is eliminated from the Grand Slam in which she has never won two matches in a row and she may suffer two setbacks soon. The first, the fall in the ranking that will mean losing her 1,000 points when she won Indian Wells last year and the second, staying out of the masters tournament held in Los Angeles and in which last year she reached the semifinals. Losing the points from Indian Wells could drop him out of the top ten in the world, a wake-up call given Badosa's poor second half of the year.
With the Catalan already eliminated, Muguruza jumped onto the court to face the precocious Linda Fruhvirtova, 17 years old and number 167 in the WTA ranking. The Czech came with a brutal rhythm, after passing the previous one and winning her debut at the US Open in two sets, but she ran into a Muguruza from another time. The Spanish made a starry first set, in which she only conceded five points, in which they did not generate any break points and in which she exhibited eleven winning shots for only three unforced ones.
A reminder that all the quality that Muguruza treasures is still in his racket and has not gone anywhere. Then, with the 6-0 in her pocket, her classic doubts came and Fruhvirtova spotted a comeback by going 1-4 and three balls up for 5-1 in the second round. He was feared for another of Muguruza's typical collapses this season, but the Caracas native responded with an iron fist. Since 4-1 he has taken five straight games, including the last one, in which he saved four break points that would have equaled the contest at five. With a lot of aggressiveness and flashes in the net, one of the biggest moles of her career, Conchita Martínez's pupil resurfaced to win two games in a row for the first time since the Doha tournament, back in the distant month of February.
The Spaniard, who is defending last year's round of 16, has yet to drop a set in this edition, but her next opponent will carry a lot of danger. It will be another Czech, Petra Kvitova, who went to the third round without playing, due to the withdrawal of Anhelina Kalinina. It will be the seventh meeting between Kvitova and Muguruza, with the head-to-head in favor of the Czech, who has won the last five meetings.