Garbiñe Muguruza has lived a real nightmare this season on the clay tour, closed with the worst loss suffered in nine participations in Roland Garros, a tournament that he conquered in 2016.
For the first time, the Spaniard, 27 years old and world number 13, said goodbye to Paris in the opening round, at its premiere. He was the victim of a muscle injury in his left leg that penalized his preparation on clay, the back discomfort that he denoted asking for assistance from the physiotherapist and a young rival, the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, 18 years old and 81st in the world.
He debuted his victory locker in the French capital Kostyuk, which eliminated Muguruza by 6-1 and 6-4 in an hour and a half on the Simonne-Mathieu Track, the third most important in the complex.
After 1-6, the Caracas woman requested medical time to be treated for her back. He put on a sweater that he kept when he returned to the court. Many unforced errors (40) and worse sensations emitted with his gestures and his blows.
Muguruza was ahead 3-1 in the second heat, but it was not his day. A foot fault opened the way for the Ukrainian to recover from the ‘break’, who made a 4-0 run in a heartbeat to lead 3-5 and finish off without complications.
Glory day for the puncher Kostyuk, who will face the Castellón Sara sorribes or the Chinese Saisai Zheng. A severe setback suffered by Muguruza, who started the campaign with the title of Dubai and the Yarra Valley Melbourne and Doha finals. In Australia she had match points before succumbing in the last 16 to then champion Japan’s Naomi Osaka.
Everything went wrong in the green land of Charleston. He noticed discomfort in his left thigh. An ailment already known other times and that took her away from Madrid, arriving just in Rome and with too many doubts in Paris.