The story ended the way it started: bad.
Without spark or verve, Garbiñe Muguruza said goodbye to Roland Garros in the first round of the tournament, losing 6-1 and 6-4 (in 1h 30m) against the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, 18 years old. The Spanish woman had warned about it in the days before her participation in Paris: the sensations were not good. “I don’t consider myself one of the favorites; since this tour has started, my body has not been at one hundred percent “, he anticipated. And the impression was confirmed in the premiere, dotted with errors (40) and resolved in a bad way, with an unprecedented defeat since never, not once, had he fallen in the first round of the great Frenchman.
“I have not felt well, although in training I had felt good. I haven’t found my rhythm at all. This year has been strange on land, because it is a surface on which I feel comfortable and I have not finished finding my shape, especially physically ”, argued the 13th in the world, who after a promising start to the course began to lose steam when he put the first foot on clay, having to withdraw from Charleston due to muscular problems in his left leg – when he was in charge against Putintseva – and then he had to give up Madrid, making an unsuccessful stopover in Rome (eighth).
“It was not a very good game, really,” he summed up after a poor performance against Kostyuk. The 27-year-old Spaniard came out tense on the court and the lack of play added to some muscular problems in her lower back. She tried to straighten up in the second set, with a favorable 3-1 starting point, but lost the helm again in the afternoon and ended up giving up much earlier than desired, too early for a player who in 2016 was able to conquer the Bois de Boulogne and that now he only thinks of recovering as soon as possible to face the Wimbledon appointment with minimal guarantees.
“Maybe before [la derrota] It would have affected me more, but now I try to turn before the page. Logically, I have to try to find my rhythm of play again, the good feelings; Today is a bad day, but from tomorrow Roland Garros is over for me. I’m not going to overpunish myself for having played a regular match, “closed Muguruza, winner this season in Dubai and who has gone from more to less, always hoping to be able to re-engage, at one time or another, the train of the best players of the circuit.