To Garbiñe Muguruza will reveal the face, more pale than usual, and the voice, quivering and nasal while it parses its debut in Melbourne. Takes a week with moquera and high fever, has his eyes glazed over and the virus still resists abandoning his body. “It's frustrating, because this is not like a pain in the leg and you can't control it. I am trying to recover as quickly as possible, and here the advantage is that you play a day yes and one no,” he says after striking a premiere party in two before the american Shelby Rogers. From nothing to everything. Fortunately, the beginning has nothing to do with the end and the outcome is proportionally inverse to the boot: 0-6, 6-1, 6-0 (1h 34m).
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“I said: hey, you're here, on the track, in the Australian Open... it Is a special time, so that salt in there and keeps on fighting; that she will at least have to play well throughout the match. And I followed behind her. Today I won a battle,” explains the tennis player, trying her 26 years of turn the page because the last two “have been hard” and his inner self was debating the sokatira a day yes and another also, by pulling their thoughts from one end and the other of the rope. This, however, has a single direction: work, work and work to recover the time lost, because the glory does not support a single parenthesis.
“I don't think they have been bad, but not as good as the previous. They are not bad when you finish the 15, the 20 or the 30. Of course I want to do better, but have been mainly a lesson. I'm just gonna try to go back to those good years”, he says looking only forward, with the sole purpose of passing page, restored and re-enlist to that player who lifted two Grand Slams and wore the number one. That's why, at the end of last year, after another season in the form of a storm, decided to take a drastic change and applied a swerve to his career, who knows if it's good or not, but of course you need to rediscover the north.
For that, has hired Conchita Martinez, the preparer who accompanied him during those two unforgettable weeks at Wimbledon, three years ago; also, the technique probably best known because witnessed in the first row, his progression from his teenage years in Barcelona. “We know from many years ago and we got along very well from the beginning. To have that complicity in, coach-player is very important,” he says; “we have had very good experiences together before, also when she was captain of the Federation Cup, but, of course, there are no guarantees. No one is magical. I think the secret is to work, to go out there and fight hard”.expand photo Muguruza Quinn Rooney GETTY
Speaking Garbiñe —today, 32 of the world— while the notes in a discreet background, Olivier van Lindonk, a Dutch underground ninety who works for the multinational IMG, and take care as the gold cloth of the tennis player. It seemed to have no limits Muguruza, but got in a maze and lost. Agent and their environment, they feared that there would be no way of return, that is to put out the flame of sports and resintieran contracts, hence the swerve. Radical. Left the team to coach Sam Sumyk, and with it, the physical trainer, Laurent Lafitte, and the physical therapist Alicia Cebrian. To recompose the puzzle has come to Conchita, accompanied by the argentine Santiago de Martino and the German Cathrin Junker, which was incorporated into the straight end of 2019.
“I don't know how to Garbiñe [attended to by the physician between the first and second partial, due to the indisposition] has brought forth this match, but it is very good news that has fought to the end, and with that winning spirit that characterizes it”, I valued the trainer at the microphones of Eurosport. “That is the good thing that has it, that when you take the pace it is capable of everything and he has already shown. Perhaps we should not expect to have a consistency of 25 weeks of the year playing at the top level, because it is not your style, but when you catch the pace is very good”, observed the former player Alex Corretja.
After completing the pre-season between Geneva and San Diego –the past four years, the made in Los Angeles–, Muguruza offered positive signs in Shenzhen (semi-final) and Hobart (retired in quarters), until the flu will trastabilló just before Melbourne. However, the desire is strong. Wants to go back, and that not long ago was not at all clear. “The last few days here have been difficult, because I have not been able to prepare as I would have liked,” she laments. “But I'm happy with the team I have and with how I've been working”, he continues. “The illusion is the same of always, but I have a lot of work ahead of us. I'm happy because the last year would not have been able to do something like this,” closes Muguruza.
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