Muguruza cant be written off

By on July 11, 2015

Wimbledonwomenfina_2468979fSpain’s Garbine Muguruza will be facing US’ Serena Williams in the Wimbledon tennis championships women finals on Saturday.

On the face of it, Saturday’s Wimbledon women’s final is the most mismatched in living memory.

On the face of it, Saturday’s Wimbledon women’s final is the most mismatched in living memory.

On one side we have a contender with 20 Grand Slam and 67 career titles, and she is one of the greatest women tennis players in history. On the other, we have a young woman who has just one WTA title (at Hobart) and was far below the bookie radar at the start of the tournament.

There is a big gap as well when you look at how Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza fared in the 2015 season. Serena has lost only one match all year (against Petra Kvitova in the Madrid Open semifinal) whereas the Spaniard has lost as many as 12.

So why is no one writing Muguruza off completely?

While it is clear that Serena, who has sailed smoothly through the tournament if you discount the scare against Britain’s Heather Watson and a first-set hiccup against Victoria Azarenka, is the firm favourite, Muguruza is something of a dark horse. The full extent of her potential is yet to be fully fathomed.

Her 6-2, 6-2 destruction of Serena at Roland Garros last year will give Muguruza the comfort of believing she can beat her again.

“She knows I can win against her,” she replied, when asked how that victory may influence the match. “I am not afraid,” she added, promising to enjoy herself on Saturday irrespective of the result.

She comes to the final after a series of big wins, taking down Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber. She also seems to have a growing affection for grass courts (“I love grass”).

The big question is whether her main weapons — the serve and the return-of-serve — will match those of Serena.

Out-hitting Serena is not easy business, and those like Sharapova, who depend largely on power, have learnt this the hard way.

Muguruza plays with a fierce passion, and while she is capable of overwhelming her opponents with heavy artillery, she rarely, if ever, has a Plan B — an alternative way of working around a difficult opponent or a sticky situation.

If Serena forces her to rethink her strategy, then she is likely — as Radwanska did on Thursday — to confound Muguruza’s game.

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