The Spanish-Venezuelan tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza made a positive balance after her debut in the Rome tournament after beating the American Sloane Stephens with authority (6-3 and 6-3) and he assured that it was a “difficult” first round which he overcame in a “solid match”.
“It was a very difficult first round but I played a good and solid match. I’m happy with my level this Tuesday, it’s the third game I’ve been able to play in a long time“, said Muguruza, who was able to remove the thorn of the US Open after being eliminated in the second round.
“I had been training on (track) hard all the time and before the US Open I had to stop on my feet and decided to go at the last minute. I’ve had a little more time here, and I feel a little more prepareda “, recognized the Hispanic-Venezuelan tennis player.
Also, Muguruza was asked about her next rival, the American Coco Gauff. “It will be a good game. We have never played so it will be interesting. She is in a good moment, winning games, playing well so I feel like playing against her,” he said.
By last, Muguruza commented that it is still “strange” that there is no public in this return of tennis after the pandemic. “The fans here in Rome are very happy and noisy. Having played in New York in similar ones I was already psyched up. But that heat is missed,” he said.
Muguruza debuts with victory in Rome against Stephens and Pedro Martínez surprises Querrey
The Hispanic-Venezuelan tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza began with good feelings her debut in the tournament in Rome, scoring for the WTA, and She edged out American Sloane Stephens with authority, while in the Men’s 1,000 Masters Pedro Martinez surprised the hardened Sam Querrey, while Alejandro Davidovich fell to Serbian Dusan Lajovic.
After the disappointment of being eliminated in the second round of the US Open against the Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, Muguruza, ninth seed in the Foro Italico, began her career firmly on the clay tour in preparation for the assault on Roland Garros.
The premiere of the one in Caracas did not seem easy for the rival, a Stephens who in addition to having been among the best in the world, was his executioner last year precisely in the ‘great’ Parisian. However, despite an interruption due to rain, the former world number one scored at a high level and got rid of the American by a double 6-3.
Muguruza started strong and dominated the American to get a clear 5-1. There, he entered a small downturn that could cost him dearly since he lost one of his ‘breaks’ and with 5-3 and service, he wasted a 40-15 to give life to a Stephens who enjoyed up to four options to break again before ending up giving up the sleeve.
At that time, the rain forced the match to stop for almost one now, but that did not depress the Spanish-Venezuelan, who continued to dominate and solid. She broke the first serve of the American, an advantage that she did not lose although It took him a while to close his ticket to a second round where the promising Coco Gauff will be measured.
On the other hand, in the male box, Pedro Martínez, qualified from the qualifying round, advanced to the second round after knocking out American veteran Sam Querrey 6-3, 7-6 (3), lifting a 4-1 in the second set and three break balls. Canadian Denis Shapovalov, twelfth seed, will be his next opponent.
On the other hand, Alejandro Davidovich, who had just signed an excellent US Open reached the round of 16 and also classified from the previous one, lost in his debut against the Serbian Dusan Lajovic, who won by a double 6-4.