Garbine Muguruza’ first Grand Slam match was the US Open in 2012 where she lost in three sets to the 10th seed at the tournament Sara Errani however for the Spaniard flushing meadows hasn’t really been a happy hunting ground so far for the Spaniard who has won just two matches in four appearances at the Open.
Muguruza’s second round defeat was a surprise but at the same time I wouldn’t say a big shock with her Grand Slam form since the start of the 2015 season being inconsistent as shown below:
Australian Open 2015 – R4
French Open 2015 – QF
Wimbledon 2015 – F
US Open 2015 – R2
Australian Open 2016 – R3
French Open 2016 – W
Wimbledon 2016 – R2
US Open 2016 – R2
Her form has been up and down and since winning Roland Garros has only won 7 of her last 12 matches on the tour which for a player ranked at three in the world you’d expect to be better.
Winning that first Grand Slam comes with a lot of added pressure you go into tournaments with a heavy favourite tag to your name and everyone is watching you!
If you look at Muguruza’s recent defeats before US Open they haven’t even been close defeats, 6-1 6-3 to Pliskova and 6-1 6-1 to Puig with both in exceptional form those weeks but to win that little number of games is worrying.
Watching the match against Pliskova recently in Cincinnati there were a few things that stood out, Muguruza’s serve came under attack easily and the backhand didn’t seem to hold up as we know it can.
There is extra going into every big tournament as a contender and it’s about taking the match one at a time and finding different solutions to winning even when you aren’t playing and that is something I’d like to see from Muguruza is find that