Muguruza leaves her soul

The Spanish came back against Kalinskaya (22 years and 72nd), who surprised with a great performance. He will face Andreescu in the second round.


Garbiñe Muguruza continues with her almost unstoppable march after getting her 20th victory of the course at the Miami Open (no one on the women's circuit adds more), hard work and suffered against Anna Kalinskaya. This time it was not enough for the Spanish to display her powerful tennis and she had to leave her soul and a few kilograms of weight to overcome the 22-year-old Russian and 72nd in the world, with hardly any resume, who surprised with a great performance. Garbiñe, who has added stability to his rich repertoire, came back to win 4-6, 6-3 and 6-4 in 2:41. She will face this Monday (not before 02:30) in the round of 16, a round that reaches for the seventh time in the tournament, the Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who won in three sets (7-6 (4), 6-7 ( 2) and 6-4) to the American Amanda Anisimova.

Muguruza no longer dismisses any game no matter how difficult it may be, and this Sunday he had it in Chinese. Not only because he lost the first set, but because the third was opened by his rival with a resounding 3-0 and threatens to put the four on his scoreboard. Rare because the caraqueña was putting all her potential at stake at that point, perhaps an impetus and a desire so great that sometimes they led her to error. Opposite was a fighting and calm enemy, smiling, who also had a good time.

Perhaps she did not have the reaction of Garbiñe's champion, who has got used to winning and now does not want to lose even the plates, although the day is harsh, humid and, to top it off, windy. Three games in a row gave him the equalizer and the final blow, or almost, he dealt it to get 5-4 and serve, to put incredible balls, to be very fine in the net, to barely fail in those shots that he likes so much hit without bouncing the ball. With one of them he sealed the triumph. Before I said almost, because in that 6-4 Kalinskaya had a break point and sold his defeat very dearly. He might not have lost against any other opponent, but this Garbiñe is a lot of Garbiñe.

"I did not bring my best tennis, but I did bring my fighting spirit"

"The fact that Kalinskaya is not well known, at least to me, does not mean that she does not have a high level. Today was the proof of that. I did not bring the best of my tennis on the court, but my fighting spirit and I was able to match his level of dedication. I am very happy to be able to go through these tough matches. That allows me to feel better and have another chance, "said Muguruza, who spoke of the reason for his change of attitude in the face of games like this. "My desire to win has always been there, but now I know how to handle important moments better. It's not that I didn't have an attitude before."

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