Tennis: Garbiñe Mugurza: ‘I didn’t play very well, but enough to win’

The Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza acknowledged this Friday that the game he played this Friday in the Miami WTA 1000 against china Xinyu Wang, which he defeated 6-4 and 6-1, was “difficult”, but playing “solid tennis” has earned him to go to the next round.

“It was difficult, weird, it was windy and she is aggressive, but enough to win it,” she said at a post-match press conference, in which she said that in the second set she managed to consolidate herself on the track.

Muguruza pointed out that the first set, in which his rival fought until the end to get around the result, was “very complicated”, but he went to the second with more initiative, knowing how to play against his opponent and in this way I can escape earlier on the scoreboard.

“I haven’t played very well, but enough to win. After playing well in (the open) Doha and Dubai I was a little nervous about playing in the first round. But I’m happy despite not having played the best I know.” , he claimed.

After the triumph of this Friday, achieved in just over an hour, Muguruza advances in pursuit of surpassing his best record in Miami. Up to five times he played the round of 16 in this tournament (2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018) and now he is approaching that round.

To access it, you will have to overcome the winner of the match between the Croatian Petra Martic and the Russian Anna Kalinskaya.

“One is always nervous about starting another important tournament, especially in the first rounds because you face girls who play well and can surprise you,” he acknowledged.

“I wanted to play and I was quite nervous. I really like this tournament and after playing so well I wanted to keep the streak going,” she added.

In that sense, he stressed the importance of having his entire team back, especially his coach, former Spanish tennis player Conchita Martínez, who tested positive for the coronavirus shortly before the start of the Qatar Open.

“Now I have a very professional, Spanish-speaking team that is appreciated, in the end the results come out if you do the job well,” he said.

Behind has left his defeat in the final of the Australian Open, last February against the Japanese Naomi Osaka, who also participates in the Miami tournament.

“I don’t think much about the Osaka game. It hurts when you lose after having match point. But I see myself playing well, I’m at a good level and it has helped me to improve in the important moments. Now I have clearer ideas,” he said.