I haven’t been able to say it for some time but that wasn’t just ruthless that was Muguruthless.
We haven’t seen such a high level of tennis from the Spaniard over the last 18 months or so with consistency being a big issue but with Conchita Martinez back in her corner the Spaniard looks more confident and composed.
There doubts before the tournament about whether Garbine would play after being ill with the flu but despite a couple of slows starts in matches she came out firing against the number five seed.
The first set was done just over 20 minutes winning 6-1 and that is then the challenge for a player to maintain that level and for the opponent to step up their level which usually happens.
This was the Spaniard’s show on Rod Laver Arena. She continued to hit the ball with a fearless approach, the depth she generated was unplayable and there was nothing Svitolina could do.
The rallies in the second set were much more extended but there was just one outcome. Stay tuned because there will be more on this performance soon.
6-1 6-2 a deserved scoreline, I didn’t think that Svitolina offered much and it was very reminiscent of that 1-6 1-6 loss to Danielle Collins in Brisbane. She ran out of ideas quickly and couldn’t impose her game.