“Muguruthless” no more, how does the Spaniard find her best tennis again?

There was a time we’d call her Muguruthless.

That has not happened for some time and it doesn’t look like happening anytime soon.

That is the reality of the situation.

I watched her match back against Eli Svitolina and it was very thoughtless and pretty lethargic.

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Image Credit – BT Sport

This point summed up the performance for me.

Yellow is where she goes into that short placement area and Svitolina steps in and pulls the backhand down the line leaving Muguruza scrambling and ending up losing the point.

In this situation with that forehand it would be safer for her to guide it down the line and go for the winner, that is her bread and butter and is why she won two major titles so where is it?

Another issue I have is ball placement.

‘Muguruthless’ remember?

So, why is she rolling the ball into the court time and time again towards the feet of her opponent with no power or threat with the shot, you are asking for trouble.

Muguruza winning majors and playing exciting and progressive tennis seems like a lifetime ago.

People will probably read this as me having a go but it’s far from it, if anything I’m confused as to what is going on.

6-2 6-1 v Svitolina is not a scoreline Garbine needs right now.

Since the beginning of 2017 she has 3 top 20 wins and 8 defeats.

Where does she go from here? In a previous piece I said I think moving on from Suymk might help her. With all the changes on the WTA tour with coaching it does baffle as to how these still go after plenty of on-court bust ups.

I do think her game needs some new guidance. There is nothing wrong being on the baseline but sitting a metre behind and continuing to play passively will end with you packing your bags early. Towards the end of the match against Svitolina her coach Sam Suymk came on and he said to her ‘ show me something ‘ I mean, what?

 

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