French Open: Muguruza’s freefall continues with defeat in the first round

Garbine Muguruza French Open

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 22, 2022 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza walks off the court after losing her first round match against Estonia’s Kaya Canepi Reuters / Pascal Rosinol

PARIS – Former champion Garbine Muguruza has been knocked out of the second round of the French Open, beating Estonia’s Kaya Kanepi 2-6 6-3 6-4 on Sunday as she continues her downward trend.

Muguruza, who lifted the Suzanne Langlen Cup in 2016 and reached the semifinals at Roland Garros two years later, was in control of the cruise in a one-sided first set before returning to the match at Canepy Ground.

The determinant was close but Kanepi, 36, who has reached the last eight in all Grand Slam tournaments, took his chances and won when Muguruza made an unintentional mistake.

Muguruza finished at a height by winning the WTA final last year, but the world number one was a terrific 2022, managing only one consecutive draw.

The 28-year-old Spaniard was devastated to explain his fall.

“It simply came to our notice then. You have no guarantee. The year you have finished, the previous year does not guarantee that you are going to start the year playing at the same level, “Muguruza told a news conference.

“You have to work and you have to fight for it. We all know that every year is different and still works through it.

“It simply came to our notice then. I mean, I have a lot of control over the matches, but then I can’t stop and it gets complicated and then a match is a match and at the end there is only one winner. But I feel like I’m training hard, I’m taking the job.

Muguruza, however, is confident that he will be able to turn everything around.

“I’m playing tournaments, trying to change those moments, trying to be more confident,” he said.

“So we’re going to do it. I mean, at some point I’m pretty sure I’m going to get the wins that are moving away from me. “

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