The Hispanic-Venezuelan tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza came close to giving one of the negative surprises of the day in Roland Garros, third and last ‘Grand Slam’ of the season, but he knew how to react in time and overcome a bad day to beat Slovenian Tamara Zidansek at its premiere, 81 in the world, by 7-5, 4-6 and 8-6.
The one from Caracas arrived in Paris after the good feelings offered on clay in Rome, where she fought to reach the final, but all that good tennis disappeared on his court debut Simonne-Mathieu, where he had to ‘battle’ for three hours to achieve his pass to the second round and avoid a first round elimination that had never happened to him in this tournament.
But the 2016 champion needed to have a more regular tennis to have had a more placid debut, a whole carousel between both players and in which He was on the ropes after being 3-0 down in the third and final set, moment where he knew how to stay calm to sign a comeback that should help him for his future in the ‘big game.
Muguruza got through a bad day, starting with her service. He could barely play with the first to impose his usual aggressive play and the second serve didn’t work out either, committing eight double faults, although curiously six of them were in the sleeve that was carried. And then, it was a real flow of unforced errors (64) that helped his rival to settle down and gain confidence until he touched surprise.
The duel did not start well for a Muguruza who lost her service and was very soon 3-0 down. However, she reacted in the best possible way and with five games in a row she came close to closing the set, but again the errors returned when he took out for it and gave some life to Zidansek, who did not take advantage of that concession and gave up his service once again with 5-5, this time already fatally.
The Spanish-Venezuelan did not take advantage of this advantage and continued too irregular in his tennis, unable to stop his unforced errors. Despite this, she had two advantages in the second set with a serve with 2-1 and, above all, 4-3, but she did not manage to sentence and the game turned uphill.
The Slovenian, who I had a second round capped in a ‘big’, he endorsed him six games in a row to equalize the match and get a menacing 3-0 in the third and final set. There, the double winner of the ‘Grand Slam’ managed to react, finding in the calm the best formula to compensate for her successes and mistakes, and equalized three to open a new match.
Muguruza had options in an ‘eternal’ seventh game, but then had to save a ‘break’ ball in the next to stay in the duel. The Spanish-Venezuelan found more regularity in the decisive section and was able to breathe after a break in the thirteenth game that this time she did not let escape.
Bolsava falls eliminated
For its part, Aliona Bolsava did say goodbye in the first round of the ‘great’ Parisian when falling in two sets against the Italian Jasmine Paolini (6-4, 6-3). The Spanish of Moldovan origin went ahead in the duel with a ‘break’ in the third game, but the transalpine responded with another two breaks that allowed her to have a serve to win (5-3).
Despite the fact that the number 97 in the world answered with a ‘contrabreak’, Paolini closed the set with a new break. The 0-5 with which he started the second set weighed down Bolsava, who although survived two match balls could not do anything before the third. With that, You will not be able to repeat the round of 16 achieved in the last edition of the French tournament.