The Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza (3) fell to an inspired Alizé Cornet 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open in a clash that lasted almost an hour and a half. The main Spanish hope said goodbye at the first change and she could not match her record from the last edition when she fell in the round of 16 against the Japanese Naomi Osaka (13), so she will fall from the third position of the WTA list . "I'm like in a bubble. Also, in two days it is my birthday so I will be able to celebrate it in the best possible way”, Cornet commented that she will face the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (29) or the British Heather Watson in the third round.
The 31-year-old veteran tennis player from France was brilliant and her intensity surpassed a Muguruza who offered match points during all her games at the service of a first that yielded 6-3. Muguruza didn't know how to change her plan to bother a solid Cornet who finished the match with five unforced errors that she countered with the 17 made by the Caracas-born tennis player. She, too, could not solve from the net, one of the improved aspects of her in recent times, by adding eight of the 14 points that she finished on the volley. After her loss, the head-to-head with Alizé Cornet was 2-3 unfavorable after they came evenly matched at Melbourne Park.
Muguruza arrived as champion of the WTA Finals in Guadalajara (Mexico) but closed a timid Australian tour in which she won two second rounds in Sydney and at the Australian Open held in Melbourne.
Muguruza: "It does not console me because she is behind in the ranking"
The Spaniard stated that she is not consoled by the spectacular level displayed by her French rival Alizé Cornet because she should surpass her if she occupies a lower position on the WTA list. “It does not console me, because if she is behind her in her ranking I have to surpass her. She has been much more aggressive than normal and everything has fallen on her side, ”she added after not matching her record from the last edition in which she fell in the round of 16 against the eventual champion Naomi Osaka ( 13).
The third seed explained that it was an atypical start to the year because all the members of her team contracted the virus except for her, so the training sessions were altered. “It has been a stressful start to the year. They all had covid and we were separated. I haven't felt one hundred percent physically,” she explained. The main Spanish hope also explained her plans for the coming months after having closed a timid Australian tour with second-round defeats in both Sydney and Melbourne. “I am going back home to Switzerland much sooner than I thought. Then Doha and Dubai will come, which are tournaments that I like and I'll see what I can improve so that this doesn't happen again”, she concluded.