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Muguruza and Wimbledon, a bet on all or nothing | sports



Always true to itself, to tradition, Wimbledon returned 713 days later with rain, delays and cancellations, and also with emotion on the surface. Before the action started, the public on the center court – at a glance, more than 50% of the maximum capacity stipulated by the authorities and the organization – gave a heartfelt ovation to the immunologist Sarah Gilbert, who led the investigation of the oxford vaccine. Then the competition got under way and Novak Djokovic suffered a small lapse against the young Jack Draper, later resolved with a recital (4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and 6-2), and later the Chime of the day with the elimination of Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, at the hands of Frances Tiafoe (6-4, 6-4 and 6-3).

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With the takeoff of the tournament watered by rain, Garbiñe Muguruza had to wait almost five hours to access Court 1 and board the French Fiona Ferro, dispatched in a jiffy: 6-0 and 6-1, after only 50 minutes. Fabulous starting point, then, for a player who had to get up without hesitation after the bump that occurred a month ago in Paris, where she was dropped in the first round. On warning, and knowing more about the infinity of traps hidden in the treacherous Wimbledon turf, Muguruza crossed the Frenchwoman – a candy that put a lot on her part – and liquidated the debut to meet in the following season with the Dutch Lesley Kerkhove (double 6-3 to Svetlana Kuznetsova).

“I feel good. Today [por este lunes] the wait has been long, but from the first ball I have felt good. I was very clear about what I wanted to do and I have executed it well; It has gone well for me and I want to continue like this, match by match, ”said the Spanish, who after signing a promising start to the course – her first title in two years, Dubai, and the finals at the Yarra Classic Valley and Doha – was losing spark as a result of injuries. The muscles in her left thigh forced her to slow down at Charleston and the rest of the gravel tour translated into a want and can’t, weighed down by pain and struggling to get to Roland Garros on time.

He landed there just right, paid an excess of tension against Marta Kostyuk (81st in the world) and, with no time to lose – “before it would have affected me more, now I am trying to turn the page faster” – began to work towards London. This is not a neutral place for her, quite the opposite. From end to end, from one pole to the other. “A little love-hate”, describes a questioned by this newspaper.

Here he hatched before the world with 21 years, when he reached the final of 2015 and ended in tears after bowing to Serena Williams, and two years later, 23 in the DNI, he touched the sky by imposing himself on Venus and thus achieving his second great in the temple of temples, the Cathedral of tennis. On the contrary, the record reflects premature setbacks in the remaining participations; understandable the first two years –second round in 2013 and first in 2014– and also abrupt (second) that of 2016, although then it came from succeeding at Roland Garros; Much more unexpected was the one of 2018 – against Alyson van Uytvanck on the second scale – and very difficult to process was the one of the following year, when she was dismounted at the premiere with Haddad Maria, the 121st of the WTA.

It is the synopsis of a radical relationship. “Yes, it is a bit radical because of the results. In which I have gained confidence, I have managed to reach the end of the tournament, but when it has not been like that, goodbye… ”, he explains; “There are years when you come with more confidence, and others when you don’t feel the grass. It’s weird, but I want to improve that. It is a cheat tournament ”.

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