Garbine Muguruza: Still hanging precariously

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Garbine Muguruza: Still hanging precariously

Ups and downs seem to be the prerogative of Garbine Muguruza, who is still hanging precariously on the Tour. The long hibernation period, due to a mix of mismanagement of pressure, injuries, physical problems and a decline of athletic shape, could become a distant memory.

After almost an exact year, Muguruza returned to win a WTA title, in Monterrery, a month ago. Should she prepare to experience a clay swing where her physical and technical torpor could be dispelled by a new renaissance? But in Madrid, she lost in the first round against Petra Martic.

It is not easy to predict the coming weeks or months of a tennis player like Garbine. She could have already reached her peak in Mexico as she could also be the star of the French Open and in Wimbledon. Should she enter the perfect fortnight, we have already seen that she is able to wipe out all her opponents.

Her season started in Sydney, where she reached the second round. After the fourth round at the Australian Open, she reached the quarter-finals in Hua Hin, the third round in Dubai, quarter-finals at Indian Wells and second round in Miami, before the victory in Monterrey against Viktoria Azarenka.

Then the defeat in Madrid against Martic. The cold analysis of her season, until now, could be excellent placements in a non-optimal psycho-physical condition. Too little for a tennis player who should, with her skills, dominate the WTA Tour.

Yet the weakness of her solidity and continuity forced her to slip to the 20th position of the WTA ranking. She still has perhaps in front of her the best years of her career, and not to take advantage of the chaos that reigns in the WTA Tour without a true queen, is equivalent to a sporting crime.