With determination in the final tiebreaker and showing the claw, the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza surpassed the russian Veronika Kudermetova, 34 of the world, by 6-2 and 7-6 (4) on his debut in the tournament Doha WTA 500.
Garbiñe, the only Spaniard this year in the tournament draw at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, will face the Belarusian in the second round Aryna Sabalenka, third favorite, exempt in the opening round, and defending champion.
After falling in the round of 16 of the Australian Open against the Japanese Naomi osaka, against which he had two match balls, Muguruza appeared in action in this WTA 500, in which she was a finalist in 2018, and in which the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina and the czech Karolina Pliskova They are the first two favorites this time.
The Spanish was very focused throughout the match, against an opponent whom she had already dominated in three sets in Dubai last year (7-5, 4-6 and 6-4) and who, like her, has also made a final in so far this season, in Abu Dhabi, while “Garbi” did it at the Yarra Classic in Melbourne, prior to the ‘major’.
Despite not having his coach on the track, Conchita Martinez, recovering from the coronavirus, Muguruza played very serious against Kudermetova, one of three Russians participating this year and won the first set with authority in 38 minutes thanks to two breaks.
In the second, Garbiñe He defended himself with order, kept calm from the back of the court, when Kudermetova attacked to try to react, but could not take advantage of the two serves he had to close the match, with 5-4 and 6-5.
The Russian forced the tiebreaker and in that short game she took the lead 3-0, but it was at that moment that the experience of the Spanish was revealed, which achieved the tenth victory of the season (by three defeats) in time and ten minutes.
On the first day there was already a surprise, since the American Jennifer brady, 13 in the world and seventh favorite, recent finalist of the Australian Open, and who inaugurated his status of ‘top 20’ fell before the estonia Annet kontaveit, 24 of the WTA, 6-1 and 6-2 in just 56 minutes.