Garbine Muguruza and the endless lethargy


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Garbine Muguruza and the endless lethargy

As Garbine Muguruza's career is evolving, we can consider a miracle the titles won between 2016 and 2017 at Roland Garros and at Wimbledon against the Williams sisters. Former world no.1 and now at the 35th place of the WTA Ranking, Muguruza closed her season in late September, to treat the problem in her right leg.

But between the injury and the bad performances, the Spaniard's season was disastrous, as was 2018. A terrible two-year period, which relegated Garbine to a background actress role. She is only 26 years-old, so she still has plenty of time to get competitive and win tournaments (Muguruza won only two titles between 2018 and 2019).

But the negative spiral in which she fell is becoming worrying. The ups and downs always marked Muguruza's career. The problem is that for two years the highs are practically not there. The problem with her right leg affected her performances, of course, but the real problem was the management of pressure.

For a tennis player who won the Roland Garros and Wimbledon the pressure should not be a problem, but evidently for Garbine, especially after Wimbledon, the pressure became an extremely tough obstacle to deal with. The constancy in the performances was another of her Achilles heel.

A tennis player considered among the strongest in the world cannot alternate two weeks at the top and three months of darkness. More constancy would be needed, but this, as we have said in other previous articles, is a problem that afflicts many of her WTA Tour colleagues.

From January Muguruza could have some new entries in her team. What would probably help her the most would be a person who would help her in times of black-out, to make her regain confidence and to help her in a better and more wise management of pressure.

In this month she can take care of herself and find serenity, because a tennis player of her level cannot waste any more time, as happened in 2018 and in 2019. She needs to be competitive again, since the beginning of the season