Garbine Muguruza, a struggling former world No. 1, acknowledges that it is “time to be modest” in light of her announcement that she will participate in lower-level competition. At the beginning of the 2023 season, Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is 0-3 in matches.
Muguruza had a terribly dismal season last year, going just 12-17. Elise Mertens defeated Muguruza on Tuesday in the opening round of the Australian Open, dropping the Spaniard to No. 73 in the rankings. “I’ll need to create a proper calendar that includes my rating.
I’ll make an effort to participate in the top tournaments, but if I’m unable to, I’ll consider the other, lower-level competitions. It’s time to be humble, so I’ll cherish the lower-level competitions, Muguruza told Eurosport.
Muguruza was unable to finish the match against Mertens on her serve.
In the second game of the match, Muguruza broke for the first time, but Mertens broke back right away in the third game.
After dropping a first-set break early, Muguruza broke Mertens once again in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead before serving out the next game to take the match. In the very first game of the second set, Muguruza broke Mertens to extend her lead to one set and a break.
Mertens persisted though, defeating Muguruza in the second and sixth games to take the lead 4-2. Muguruza answered to two consecutive breaks with two consecutive breaks of her own in the seventh and eleventh games to take a 6-5 lead.
Muguruza was serving for the match in the 12th game when Mertens was able to force a tie-break, but Muguruza was broken back. Mertens took an early 4-1 lead in the tie-break before saving her first set point to force a third set.
In the third set, Mertens accomplished a significant comeback victory as Muguruza lost three breaks after failing to serve out the match in the second. Muguruza had previously suffered first-round defeats in Adelaide 1 and Adelaide 2.