Muguruza falls with honor before a rocky Halep

Double faults (8) ruined Garbiñe Muguruza's courageous and good-natured performance. Halep will play the final against Vondrousova or Pliskova.


Garbiñe Muguruza was one step away from reaching the final of the Premier 5 in Rome. Simona Halep, world number two, put an end to a brilliant career of the Spanish, who had eliminated Stephens, Gauff, Konta and Azarenka and who played with great courage against the Romanian, who subtracted everything. The double faults (8), some at key moments on a bad day with the serve, weighed down Garbiñe's options, who would have won easily had he had a little more expertise in that luck. But with those mistakes, 57% from firsts, and only 58% of points earned with them, the task of beating Halep became impossible. The winner will face a Czech, Vondrousova or Pliskova this Monday in the final.

Halep did not wait long to strike the first blow at the start of the match. He did it with an exit break that Muguruza could not respond to. The Spanish had the chance to level the game later, but wasted 0-40 and lost her serve again in the next game. Then she shortened the difference in a burst of character, before the world number two broke her serve again to score her sleeve.

Garbiñe requested a medical time-out and was treated in the locker room. She returned to the court with a bandage on her left thigh, but she did not seem much impaired. In fact, he had a 30-40 to get to 2-1 and serve, but the option went again by the cathole. As happened in the first set, Simona did grab her chance and thanks to a double fault from her rival she went ahead again (3-1) in the continuation of a carousel of breaks that Muguruza finally signed up for. He had left and very crazy. The rest clearly dominated the serve. And in that mess the Caracas woman made a profit. His bravery was rewarded. He had no choice but to play open graveyard and it worked out well.

The tension of the comeback attempt took its toll on Garbiñe, who quickly found himself 4-0 against in the third quarter, after having a breaking point in the first game. He had no choice but to play each shot against the rest, but without security at the service he had nothing to do. At last he found her and with another break he put himself in a position to come back. From 5-1 to 5-4, although the attempt ended there, the double faults, again, ruined a remarkable game. Now, with good feelings despite this defeat, Roland Garros


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