What happened to the real Garbine Muguruza? The ups and downs have always characterized the career of the Spaniard but, in the many moments of darkness, she has always managed to come up with performances that have allowed her, in the past years, to win two Majors: at the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.
Things went differently this year. Muguruza suffered throughout the season. She did play two finals, one at the beginning of the year, in Doha which she lost to Petra Kvitova, and the other in Monterrey, in April, which she won against Timea Babos.
In the middle, two good weeks at Roland Garros, where she reached the semi-finals, where she was defeated by eventual champion Simona Halep. The rest of the season was characterized only by bad performances and, in general, a technical, physical and mental state sluggishness.
Why this champion can not find continuity in her results? The general problem seems to be the mental solidity and perhaps even a physical one. The talent of the Spanish tennis player is unquestionable, like she has already shown in the past.
Winning two Majors, one against Serena and the other against Venus Williams, can not be a coincidence. Muguruza is not an overrated tennis player, but a player who must absolutely find those mental energies to give more continuity and solidity to her performances.
As has often happened this year, many of her defeats came against outsiders, unpredictably. At only 25, however, Muguruza still has the best years ahead of her. Perhaps what she needs now is a team able to help her take that one last step to improve her performances, from the point of view of continuity of results and mental strength.
A not easy improvement, but a tennis player able to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon, cannot yet be anchored to only six career titles and outside the top-10 of the WTA rankings. ALSO READ: Eugenie Bouchard and Belinda Bencic: Comeback in the process