Garbiñe Muguruza said goodbye to the individual of the WTA 500 in Abu Dhabi, although he will be able to continue accumulating minutes on track by means of double before going to the quarantine before resuming the competition in Melbourne, at the end of January.
Muguruza, 27 years old and 15th in the world rankings, lost in the second round to a much more aggressive and forceful rival, the Greek Maria sakkari, 25 years and 22nd ATP. The Spanish lost 7-5 and 6-4 in 1h.52‘.
The pupil of Conchita Martinez She failed to dominate her first duel with Sakkari, continually glued to the baseline to strike unceremoniously. He risked a high percentage of success, which allowed him to put pressure on Muguruza, beaten with weapons that are usually his against other opponents.
Significant the statistics of the initial set, with only 2 winning shots from Muguruza, by 16 from Sakkari, who only made six more unforced errors (21-15). The Greek also won the pulse of the serve, scored 11 ‘aces’, only one the Spanish.
The helen went back 12 of 13 ‘break balls‘, always finding the ideal service when you need it most. This happened in the last game, with Sakkari lifting three break points before closing with an ‘ace’.
Garbiñe, without the initiative that he always looks for in his meetings. And he persisted for the first set as Sakkari raised a 40-0 when she served with 5-4. The Hispanic woman came back five set balls, reached 5-5, but then gave up again.
Sakkari showing one more march at peak points, giving a feeling of dominating the court. She requested a medical time to be treated in the middle of the second set, with Muguruza 3-2, just before she decidedly launched herself for the pass to the quarters.
He avoided direct TKO Muguruza because he did not stop fighting a single point, but at no point did he control the situation. Sakkari, full of confidence, to the quarters, against Sofia Kenin or Yulia Putintseva.
Muguruza, waiting to solve the double rooms. Forming a couple with the American Jennifer bradyThey will face a specialist duo in the field, the German Laura Siegemund and the Russian Vera Zvonareva.